Bristol City head coach Lee Johnson says it will “probably take three transfer windows” to shape his squad the way he would like.
The Robins are planning for next season having secured their safety in the Championship with two games to go.
“We’ve got to get the recruitment right and it’ll be tough this window,” Johnson, 34, told BBC Radio Bristol.
“It’s important we get the numbers (in the squad) right because it’s going to be difficult to manage everybody.”
Johnson, who has been at Aston Gate since February, thinks the decision by Fifa to scrap the emergency loan system, meaning clubs will only be able to sign players during the summer and January transfer windows from 2016-17, will make life even more of a challenge.
“Any team in any division, under these new rules, if you’re pushing for promotion you don’t want to be left short and have to play somebody who’s not ready,” he explained. “And if you’re in a relegation fight, you don’t want to be left in trouble. It’s a real change in balance and people’s thought processes.
“To get a true reflection of one of my teams it’ll probably take three windows, but we’ll look to fast-track that.”