Lincoln City manager Chris Sutton highlighted the importance of competition for places. | Photo: Lincoln City F.C.

Lincoln City boss Chris Sutton says he would have no qualms about bringing in more loan signings to further bolster his squad after goal-hero Sergio Torres returned to Sincil Bank on-loan until the end of the season.

The Imps travel to struggling Morecambe tomorrow hoping Torres, who has suffered with a groin problem this week, will be available to play.

The attacking midfielder scored the winner in Sutton’s first game in charge against Aldershot to seal a 1-0 victory for the Imps at Sincil Bank but his initial one-month loan deal from Peterborough United ended after the defeat to Northampton a fortnight ago.

The 25-year-old Argentinian has now put pen to paper on a deal to keep him at the club until the end of the season. Torres is the fifth player to join Lincoln City on a short-term basis after the arrivals of Adam Watts and Anthony Pulis, along with young Villa duo Nathan Baker and Eric Lichaj in recent weeks.

“We’re delighted to have Sergio back because he offers something that a lot of other teams don’t have in this league,” Sutton said.

“Peterborough have been very helpful. Barry Fry and Darren Ferguson have been good in letting him come back.”

Bermudan international Khano Smith became Sutton’s first permanent signing at the club last week, and the Imps’ supremo admitted further signings could be in the pipeline.

“We want competition for places. Khano came in and did well and he and Sergio offer different threats.

“We have had to assess what we’ve got and it’s fair to say that there is a bit of an imbalance in certain positions, we seem overloaded in some but certainly in the wide areas we don’t have an abundance of players so we are pleased to have a few options now.”

City have secured seven points from a possible 12 under former Premiership striker Sutton, who has most noticeably tightened up the defence that had shipped 10 goals in the four games prior to him taking charge.

In contrast, Lincoln have conceded only one goal in Sutton’s first four matches since taking over the reins at Sincil Bank and the Imps boss says it is important to build from the back.

“It’d be nice for the fans in many ways if we could win 5-4 every week, but in reality that’s not going to happen. You need a good foundation and that’s what we are still trying to achieve.

“We are pleased with the results so far and especially in getting the two wins. But things can change very quickly and we are spending every minute possible in trying to improve.”