Manager Ronnie Moore says wrong perceptions about Hartlepool United and League Two football could be affecting their ability to sign players on loan.
Moore has been trying to strengthen following a run of one win in 10 games.
Pools had success in the loan market last season, particularly with Aaron Tshibola, who has gone onto play 13 first-team games at Reading this term.
"They need to speak to Reading, because Tshibola came here and went back a better player," Moore told BBC Tees.
"I spoke to three Premier League clubs about wingers who were willing to let them out, but because we're a League Two side they won't. They want them to go to a League One club.
"No League One teams want to take them at this time so how ridiculous is that not to let a kid come out and get experience, even just for 28 days?
"It's annoying, it disappoints me a bit."
Saturday's game against Northampton might come too soon for Moore to add to his squad, but it will bring him up against two men he "knows well" in Cobblers boss Chris Wilder and assistant Alan Knill.
"Ronnie has been a great football manager and to turn around the fortunes of that football club was a fantastic achievement," Wilder told BBC Radio Northampton.
"You see so many managers out of work, first-time managers have a job and then lose it. To survive as a Football League manager takes a great deal of skill, desire passion that he's shown.
"You look at the jobs he does and he's had success at clubs he's been at."