With less than a week remaining in January, new Ayr United manager Scott Brown is keen to get to work in the transfer window.

Though The Honest Men can still secure loan signings out with the January window, Brown is still keen to get to work quickly.

In fact, the ex-Celtic captain says he and his assistant Steven Whittaker have already been making use of his extensive contact list in a bid to get quality players through the door at Somerset Park.

He is keen to bolster his squad, particularly given that United have recently lost previous loan players in the form of Jack Young and Jay Senga.

He commented: "We've been battering them [our contacts] already.

"It's begging but, at the same time, it's good because everyone does it. Everyone wants to try and get the best out their contacts they possibly can by all means, we’ll try and use them.

"We want to bring a couple of players in. The chairman's on board, the lads are on board. We lost a couple of loanees last week so we need to try and strengthen a little bit."

Brown also admitted that his phone is never off now, with plenty of people making contact with him since getting back into the game.

He added: "It's always going to be hard because your phones literally on 24/7. As soon as you go out the game, there's a lot of folk that never contact you and as soon as you're back in, they’re like 'I've got this agent for you, I've got this player for you.'

"It's different, it’s the next best thing [to playing], you want to be in the industry, you want to be in that coaching room and that environment.

"We had that at Fleetwood with abundance and we enjoyed our time at Fleetwood - now we are going to enjoy our time here as well."

It won't be all about signings for former Scotland international pair Brown and Whittaker, with the new boss saying every player will now have a "fresh start."

He said: "There are a lot of players that finished second in the league last season, so they know what’s expected of them.

"Lee [Bullen] done a fantastic job last season, he got them into that second spot, it was just unlucky they couldn’t make that jump. It is a big jump from the Championship to the Premiership.

"It's a fresh start for everybody, so maybe the ones who haven't been getting as much game time or the younger ones coming through, they can start to show us in the next couple of days what they are worth."