Boss Tommy Widdrington says Jamie Taylor could yet return to Eastbourne Borough despite being recalled by Sutton United.
The good news of Tom Derry’s loan from Gillingham being extended by a second month was tempered by the fact that Borough have lost fellow loan forward Taylor for now.
Taylor scored four goals in five games after rejoining on a month’s deal from Sutton at the start of December and Widdrington had begun preliminary talks about extending the arrangement.
But Sutton have said they want Taylor back at Gander Green Lane and he will not be in Borough’s squad for the trip to Conference south leaders Bromley.
Derry, though, will be staying with the club.
Widdrington said: “We have agreed another month for Tom up until February 8. We are really pleased about that.
“He went under the radar with the impact that Jamie made but Tom has had a really good month. While he didn’t score goals, he had a really positive effect on the team.
“Jamie has gone back. He is Sutton’s player and they didn’t want him loaned out. But I wouldn’t say that deal is dead in the water.
“Whether we could get him back before the weekend is another matter.”
Widdrington is currently short on numbers for the game at Bromley with skipper Ian Simpemba, Frankie Raymond and Sam Cole all serving one-match bans.
The Borough boss said: “Bromley are not top of the league by fluke or luck. They have been very consistent both home and away.”