Plymouth Albion aim to add two new faces
NAT SAUMI is hopeful of strengthening his Plymouth Albion squad with a couple of Premiership loan signings.
Albion are believed to be in talks with Exeter Chiefs about bringing in former Plymouth player Nic Sestaret and ex-Bedford fly-half Myles Dorrian to help them return to winning ways.
However, Saumi has ruled out any possible new faces featuring in Albion's Championship clash at Rotherham this weekend.
Saturday's match in South Yorkshire will mark exactly three months since Albion's last league win, which came against London Scottish on November 9.
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Albion's poor run has seen them drop into the bottom four and Saumi is keen to bring in a couple of new faces to boost his squad.
"We are trying to strengthen the side," he said. "Talks are still going on.
"We are still waiting for the outcome of discussions."
He added: "At the moment I am just looking at two players. It would be good to have them."
Saumi, though, said no new players will be included this weekend.
The Albion boss will also be without back-row forward Herbie Stupple this weekend.
Stupple, who has just returned from a broken shoulder, had to go off after just 34 minutes of his first start in five months last weekend after taking a knock to the head.
The powerful forward is not going to be fit enough to make the trip to Rotherham.
"Herbie took a knock on Sunday and suffered concussion," said Saumi.
"He is still suffering. He has got a bit of headache and is still struggling.
"He has not be able to train, so the medical people have said it is best that he is not involved this Saturday."
Saumi added: "It was great to see him back last week, putting in great hits, and it is always a big loss when you lose Herbie because of what he brings to the team, but there are other guys who are here and are up for the challenge."
Stupple missed a month last season with concussion and Albion will be hoping he recovers fast this time around.
Meanwhile, Saumi has confirmed that young back-row forward Dan Lee will join National Two South side Taunton on loan in a bid to prove his fitness after eight months out with a knee injury.
"We are loaning him to Taunton so he can get some game-time and we can see how he goes," said Saumi.
The Albion boss also said that Colin Stewart will stay as the club's forwards coach for the remainder of the season.
Stewart has been working with the club for a couple of weeks to try and improve their set-piece game.