BRAINTREE Town manager Hakan Hayrettin says the loan moves of Jon Ashton and Barney Williams to Ryman League premier division strugglers Grays Athletic does not mean a permanent exit for the duo.

Together with Academy player Matt Baxter, the pair have headed to Grays on one-month loans with a possible extension, but Hayrettin said it would be a situation that they kept reviewing.

“I felt it was time for them to get games,” he said.

“Barney Williams hasn’t been involved for a while and Jon Ashton has come back from injury, so they both needed minutes and Grays agreed to take them.

“I don’t see it as a permanent thing and will just take it each month at a time.

“What it has done is it has freed up a bit of space, but I’m really not looking to get anyone else in. I’m quite happy with what I have got.”

Meanwhile, Hayrettin was hoping to prolong the stay of a loanee who is at Braintree - Millwall’s Kris Twardek.

As the Times went to press, the Iron boss said he was looking to extend the deal to keep the 19-year-old for an additional month.

He said: “I have spoken with Millwall about Kris’ loan and am waiting to hear back from them. I’m hoping I’ll get something sorted this week.”

The Braintree manager also said that he has begun the process of speaking to his players about contracts that will keep them at the club next year.

The club are keen to avoid any repeat of last summer’s exodus of players and Hayrettin said he had started talking to members of his squad.

“I have started looking at it and it’s something that I have been addressing already,” he said.

“I’ve spoken with some of them as I’m looking to put plans in place for next year.”