Scott Ruscoe insists he remains confident in his The New Saints squad after the club decided against making any new signings in the transfer window.

The window closed on on Friday with the only action involving TNS seeing winger Billy Whitehouse departing on loan to Spennymoor Town.

Ruscoe admitted he would have liked to make a signing or two, but believes signings were not a necessity.

With 10 games remaining in the league campaign, he remains confident his squad has what it takes to keep hold of the top spot.

He said: “We went for a few players, but for one reason or another, we didn’t get anyone over the line. We spoke to players and agents, but we didn’t manage to get any moves through.

“I think I would’ve liked one just to come in and freshen things up, but it wasn’t to be. It’s just nice sometimes to get a new face in the building and push the players on to get going for the final 10 games.

“We believe in the squad, we know it’s good enough. That’s why we were only really looking for maybe one or two players anyway just to strengthen us a bit.

“It’s a strong squad we have regardless without additions.”

Ruscoe said his players are all looking forward to getting back on the pitch against Newtown at home on Friday (kick-off 7.45pm).

“The squad’s taking shape as a whole ahead of Friday’s match,” he added. “Jon Routledge is going to be touch and go ahead of Friday after picking up a hamstring injury, but apart from him, everybody will be back and raring to go.

“It’s going to be important to keep everyone fresh as we approach the latter stages of the season. We’ll look to keep everyone fresh, and hopefully we can extend our lead. If we can do that, it does make the other teams look at us and it makes it very difficult for them to close that gap again.

“We don’t take our position for granted, but that will be our aim.”