Stuart Taylor says Shaun Want remains a big part of his plans, despite the defender being loaned out to League One Peterhead for the rest of the season.
The centre-back, who still has over a year left on his contract at New Douglas Park, last played for Accies in November in their Challenge Cup quarter-final exit at Kilmarnock and has not was able to regain his place in the squad after recovering from a hamstring injury.
Earlier in the campaign, Want was ruled out for a few weeks with a serious blow to the head and also suffered a thigh injury.
Accies currently has plenty of central defensive options with Mihai Popescu, Dan O’Reilly, Brian Easton and Jamie Hamilton all capable, so Taylor says it’s in Want’s interest to get some playing time with the team of Jim McInally, where he has already played twice in the past week in a win against Dumbarton and a loss against Queen’s Park.
Taylor explained: “We had four centre-backs and then Shaun came back from injury.
“It gave us five centre-backs, but it didn’t make him the fifth [choice] central defender, I must say.
“We spoke with Shaun and it was all about giving him as many minutes as possible between now and the end of the season, so he could come back to pre-season with a run of games under his belt.
“We gave him that opportunity rather than training here waiting for a chance to arise.
“It was the right thing to do.
“I know the manager there [McInally]. They’re going to play football, they’re trying to do it right, like we’re trying to do.
“And I thought he was a perfect choice to go there, in a team that plays at the back. He can go and compete to win games and move the team up the table.
“There is a big opportunity for him to play Tuesday-Saturday, Tuesday-Saturday at Peterhead and produce 15 games before the end of the season.
“It’s a great opportunity as he continues to stay with us training full time.”
Meanwhile, as Want went on loan, Taylor admitted Accies’ chance to strengthen his squad didn’t materialize before the loan deadline on February 28.
When asked if they had tried to bring anyone in, Taylor replied: “There was nothing that came close for us.
“Everything we were trying to do was taken away from us; we were outbid or whatever.
“We tried, but we are still working hard to fix things for next season.”