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Purrington switches Dorchester for Taunton

21/02/20

Tom Purrington has joined Taunton Town on loan until the end of the season. He had initially spent months out on loan at relegation battlers Dorchester Town, quickly becoming one of their most important players.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Ferguson: Cooper to stay at Argyle

 

15/01/20

Peterborough manager Darren Ferguson says he expects George Cooper to remain on loan at Plymouth Argyle at the end of the season.

Speculatuion has been rife about the potential length of the player’s Home Park stay, particularly with Marcus Maddison looking like he’s moving on from the London Road club. However, Ferguson says he believes there is no recall clause in Cooper’s loan deal, so it should extend to the end of the current campaign.

Meanwhile, there is confusion on the extent of Argyle’s right to buy the player. Ferguson believed this can be done now, whereas Ryan Lowe has said it only comes into effect at the end of the season.

Source: Plymouth Live

Lowe: More signings dependent on departures

13/01/20

Ryan Lowe has been speaking to Plymouth Live today regarding Plymouth Argyle’s movements in the winter transfer window, which is almost at its halfway point.

Lowe mentioned that, with the signings of Tyreeq Bakinson and Ryan Hardie already completed, Josh Grant rejoining the club and Luke Jephcott hitting form since being recalled from Truro, Argyle’s business may begin to slow down. In fact, Lowe doesn’t expect Argyle to make any more signings unless players depart the club in the remainder of the window.

Of course, that could well happen, and we may see players come in to replace those departing for pastures new. Tafari Moore, for instance, has reportedly been offered a deal to terminate his contract. Who knows which other players may need replacing?

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Argyle retain Pitman interest

12/01/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are still interested in Brett Pitman, with Swindon also keen

Age: 31

Position: Striker

This season: 4 goals and 1 assist in 15 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It almost feels like there’s been no real update from last week on this one. Alan Nixon reported that Argyle were looking to complete the loan signing of Pitman on Monday, and appears now to have doubled down on the claim of Argyle’s interest. No real change in the hymn sheet, as far as this one is concerned.

There are, however, a couple of reasons as to why a deal here could prove difficult. We’ve already seen that other clubs are interested, and Nixon confirms in this tweet that Swindon are one of those clubs, no doubt an attractive prospect with the club top of the league and looking to replace Eoin Doyle. In addition, Argyle have signed Ryan Hardie since interest first emerged, which alongside the form of Luke Jephcott seems to make the need for another striker a little less pressing.

With Pitman in no rush to complete a move, it almost feels as if there are now more reasons as to why a deal will not be completed. But let’s see.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Josh Grant loan extended

10/01/20

Josh Grant has rejoined Plymouth Argyle on loan until the end of the season.

The Chelsea youngster initially joined the Greens on loan in August, and there was speculation that the move was set to be made permanent this month. However, Grant rejoins on loan until the end of the season for now, and the situation will be revisited at a later date.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Extra Time: Why the EFL got it right

More fundamentally, was a three-week postponement of EFL fixtures the right decision? My answer would be unequivocally, ‘yes’.

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Player Ratings: Plymouth Argyle 3 Grimsby 0

Three goals, three points and back in the top three, some night for Plymouth Argyle. It could have been more too, with three shots hitting the woodwork. 

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Pitch and players contribute to Bradford defeat

The conditions were not conducive to a good game of football.And yet, initially at least, that’s exactly what Argyle tried to play.

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Player Ratings: Bradford 2 Plymouth Argyle 1

It was truly a game of two halves for Plymouth Argyle who found themselves 2-0 and a man down at half-time before a much improved showing in the second.

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Frustration as Cambridge shut out Argyle

Whilst Mayor’s link-up play with Callum McFadzean and Gary Sawyer was good, it was unfair to expect him to unlock the door on his own.

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Confirmed: Hardie joins on loan

09/01/20

Plymouth Argyle haven’t taken long to find the striker they’ve been looking for in the winter transfer window, with Ryan Hardie joining on loan from Blackpool.

The 22-year-old will stay at Home Park for the rest of the season, and wear the number 18 shirt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Tafari Moore offered contract termination

 

09/01/20

Tafari Moore has been offered the opportunity to terminate his contract at Plymouth Argyle.

Ryan Lowe mentioned in his pre-Carlisle press conference that Moore had been offered a settlement sum, and the ball was now in the player’s court.

Source: Twitter

Rumour: Argyle compete for Pitman signing

 

06/01/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are competing with other clubs for the signing of Brett Pitman

Age: 31

Position: Striker

This season: 4 goals and 1 assist in 15 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It feels like summer all over again as we hear from Alan Nixon regarding Plymouth Argyle transfer rumours. There have been rumblings regarding a link between Argyle and Portsmouth’s Pitman, and now we have something concrete for the first time. Nixon’s tweet mentions that, whilst other clubs are keen, interest from Argyle is very much there.

A move would make a lot of sense. We know Argyle are keen on a striker, and Pitman is proven across the Football League. Add in the fact that he’s only spent 22% of the season on the pitch thus far, and we’re surely looking at a player who ought to be angling for a move for first team football. The opportunity to play in a system that seems perfectly suited to his talents at Argyle? An added bonus.

Let’s not get excited yet. There are plenty of obstacles to clear before a deal can be done, not least competition from elsewhere. But news of interest is encouraging.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Confirmed: Bakinson signs

03/01/20

Plymouth Argyle have today announced the widely-expected signing of Tyreeq Bakinson.

The midfielder had been heavily linked to the club, even appearing in a training video that was swiftly deleted by the club on social media. He joins on loan from Bristol City until the end of the season, and will wear the number 14 shirt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Youth loans update

03/01/20

Plymouth Argyle have announced various pieces of news regarding youth players out on loan today. The main headline is that Luke Jephcott has been recalled from his loan spell at Truro. The 19-year-old returns after hitting form with the Cornish side, and bolsters Argyle’s frontline options.

Meanwhile, Alex Fletcher and Mike Peck have had their loan spells at Tiverton extended by 28 days..

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle show interest in Murphy

02/01/20

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in Yeovil’s Rhys Murphy.

Age: 29

Position: Striker

This season: 17 goals in 25 appearances

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: There are a lot of reasons why this move would make sense. It’s clear for all to see that Argyle are looking for a striker, and Murphy may well fit the bill. He’s hit form for Yeovil in the National League this season as the top scorer in the division, and the location factor could, for once, work in Argyle’s favour. The link is hardly from a random Twitter account claiming to be in the know either. Rather, it’s been made by reputable journalist Pete O’Rourke, who got a lot right about Argyle over the summer window.

Don’t get too excited yet though. First and foremost, O’Rourke is playing his usual gambit of linking a number of clubs with the player, which could suggest than a few of those he lists are interested, and a few are linked to rack up the number of clicks. Milton Keynes and Lincoln are also listed, and one would suspect that League One would appeal to the player a little more. Exeter have also been linked, which would offer Murphy a club even closer to home.

Ultimately, we’d suspect that for O’Rourke to report it, there’s probably some interest there. But a deal isn’t quite close to being done just yet.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Argyle close to permanent Josh Grant signing

01/01/20

Ryan Lowe has mentioned in his post-game press conference today that Plymouth Argyle are close to completing the permanent transfer of Josh Grant.

The 21-year-old had been on loan at Home Park from Chelsea, and rumours were swirling that he was set to return to his parent club. However, Lowe stated today that a long-term deal was being lined up for Grant, and “we will just have to wait until all the paperwork is done.”

Grant’s loan deal had been set to expire after Saturday’s clash with Scunthorpe, so one would suspect we’ll hear more news in the coming days.

Source: Plymouth Live

Rumour: Argyle close on Bakinson signing

 

29/12/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to announce the signing of Bristol City’s Tyreeq Bakinson.

Age: 21

Position: Central Midfield

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It’s looking very positive. Ryan Lowe confirmed today that one signing had already been done, and should be formally announced within the next couple of days. That player is very much expected to be central midfielder Bakinson. The fact the player himself was at Home Park for today’s 2-1 win over Stevenage makes this deal look all but done.

The transfer itself makes complete sense. Bakinson joined Bristol City for an undisclosed fee from Luton in 2017, but hasn’t made a single appearance for the Ashton Gate club this season. He spent last season at League Two level on loan at Newport County, making 30 appearances, and playing at Wembley during the extra time period of Newport’s agonising play-off final defeat.

The fact the player is coming from Bristol City, a club Argyle have struck many loan deals with in the past, makes this seem even more plausible. In truth, it looks all but done. Don’t be surprised to see Bakinson come straight into the squad when the transfer window opens.

Rumour rating: ★★★★★

Lowe: One deal already done

 

 

23/12/19

Ryan Lowe has said today that Plymouth Argyle have already verbally agreed terms with a new signing, who is set to join the club when the transfer window opens in January.

Lowe refused to comment on who had agreed terms, or any of his transfer targets for January. He did, however, hint that a new striker would be high on the list of priorities.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: New contract for Cooper

 

17/12/19

Michael Cooper has signed a new long-term contract at Plymouth Argyle.

The young goalkeeper, a product of the Argyle academy, is now under contract by the club until 2022.

Source: pafc.co.uk

MacAnthony hints at recalling Cooper

 

16/12/19

Rumour: Peterborough may look to recall Plymouth Argyle’s George Cooper in January

Age: 23

Position: Attacking Midfielder, Winger

This season: 1 goal and 4 assists in 14 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Peterborough chairman and owner Darragh MacAnthony today dropped the biggest hint yet that his club are looking to return George Cooper to the club in January. McAnthony, who has always been more involved than most in the running of the club, tweeted that it would be good for Peterborough to get ‘more bodies back’ in the coming weeks.

When an eager fan questioned him if this meant George Cooper, the owner simply responded with the “eyes” emoji in a quote tweet. Tenuous? Perhaps. But MacAnthony didn’t need to reply at all.

We should add at this stage that we still understand that Argyle retain the option to buy the 23-year-old attacking midfield in January and that should they activate the release clause, Cooper who has said that he is ‘100%’ interested in a permanent Home Park move, would be free to join.

Yet, the Posh’s desire to recall him means that Argyle could be faced with the tough choice of activating that clause or risk losing the playmaker.

Rumour rating: ★★

Fletcher and Peck loaned out

 

07/12/19

Alex Fletcher and Michael Peck have both joined Tiverton Town on loan. The deals for the two youngsters will initially last for one month.

Both Fletcher and Peck were heavily involved in Argyle’s pre-season, but have found themselves unable to break into Ryan Lowe’s first team plans thus far.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle after Jamie Reid

 

22/11/19

Rumour: Ryan Lowe is one of a number of managers chasing Torquay United’s Jamie Reid

Age: 25

Position: Striker

This season: 15 goals and 0 assist in 23 appearances for Torquay United

Source: Twitter

Verdict: A rumour from the same account as the Bradley Wright-Phillips one which, if you needed reminding, is just your run of the mill fake rumour account designed to garner a bit of attention. For that reason, you can mostly ignore this.

On the player himself, Reid is currently hot property. He’s the National League’s joint top-scorer, having scored 32 in all competitions last season on the way to winning promotion and the player of the season award in the National League South. This has led to interest from Championship side Luton Town, who probably see a bit of an Isaac Vassell 2.0 in Reid.

It’s unlikely that Argyle would be able to compete financially with Luton, who can also offer football at League One level at least next season, whereas there is currently no guarantee of that for the Pilgrims. However, it has been claimed that Ryan Lowe was seen in the stands watching Torquay play yesterday, and he left moments after Reid was substituted from the pitch.

The striker’s contract runs out in the coming summer, so his price should be reduced as a result, and he has never played outside of the West Country so location could prove an incentive for once, but there are still lots of hurdles to clear for this to come true, and even then it doesn’t mean the account knows a damned thing.

Rumour rating: ★★

Rumour: Argyle want Bradley Wright-Phillips

 

22/11/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are after free agent Bradley Wright-Phillips

Age: 34

Position: Striker

This season: 2 goals and 3 assist in 29 appearances for New York Red Bulls

Source: Twitter

Verdict: Are we dreaming? The return of Bradley Wright-Phillips would be sensational. So yes, we are almost definitely dreaming. Need I add, this came from a brand-new Twitter account (launched this month), so it is almost guaranteed to be entirely made up. But, for the sake of argument, let’s look into it anyway.

Earning the equivalent of nearly £1,000,000 per-year, the club would have to break the bank to bring him in. To put it in context, Argyle’s total wage bill for last season (including non-playing staff) was £5.5m. Wright-Phillips would have to take a substantial pay-cut to make such a return. Let’s not forget, he would also be relocating from New York to Plymouth – that’s not a slight on Plymouth, but a recognition that it would be a very different setting for him to live in.

Then, there’s the fact that BWP won’t have many seasons left in him. The 2019 MLS season saw him undergo a decline. From 24 goals and 12 assists last season, to 2 and 3 this. In terms of value for money, BWP has a had an amazing cost-per-goal rate, surely better than any player in MLS history. And yet, New York Red Bulls chose to release him. That’s not to say that he couldn’t slot into a League Two team, but that he may not be far from retirement.

Rumour rating: ★

Lowe: Lots of players keen on Argyle

 

15/11/19

Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has been quoted as saying that lots of players are interested in joining the club in the January transfer window. Lowe mentioned that the player had to be right for the club, but that plenty of agents had been in touch as the window nears.

The 41-year-old also mentioned that he and assistant Steve Schumacher had attended a number of games over recent weeks, in order to scout out potential targets for themselves.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Jose Baxter departs

 

14/11/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed that attacking midfielder Jose Baxter has left the club.

The 27-year-old joined Argyle as the summer transfer window drew to a close. However, injury limited his availability, and eventually, an agreement to terminate his short-term deal was reached mutually.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle "keen" on Olomola

 

12/11/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are competing with Tranmere, Milton Keynes and Exeter for Scunthorpe striker Olufela Olomola

Age: 22

Position: Striker

This season: 6 goals and 0 assist in 19 appearances

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: An early rumour ahead of the winter transfer window suggesting that Ryan Lowe wants ANOTHER striker. With Ryan Taylor, Dominic Telford, Joel Grant, Byron Moore, Zak Rudden (whose loan currently expires in January) and Billy Clarke already competing up-front, surely Argyle wouldn’t need another striker, at least without getting rid of some of the current lot. Even then, would there be budget for this? The club already has an expensive squad, and the potential to sign George Cooper permanently from Peterborough, combined with the option to extend the contracts of Clarke and Jose Baxter.

Olomola is currently on loan at Carlisle from Scunthorpe and in decent form for a side that are struggling a bit, with Football Insider journalist Pete O’Rourke claiming that Scunthorpe are willing to recall and sell the striker for a profit in January, having signed him as a free agent 18 months ago.

Allegedly in the hunt are League one strugglers Milton Keynes and Tranmere Rovers, as well as Devon rivals Exeter City. Argyle are the fourth club mentioned to be considering a bid.

Football Insider is a strong source, and O’Rourke has been reliable in the past, but recent links haven’t worked out too well. Their claim that Martyn Woolford was set to join was miles wide of the mark, and Argyle failed to secure the loan signing of Niall Ennis which they reported was at an advanced stage.Yet, they correctly reported on the arrival of George Cooper this summer, and others in transfer windows before.

The lack of immediate need for a striker, the cost of the transaction and competition from other clubs suggests this isn’t one to watch too closely at this point.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Cameron Sangster departs Plymouth Argyle

 

01/11/19

It has been confirmed that Cameron Sangster has departed Plymouth Argyle by mutual consent. His loan at Dorchester Town was cut short earlier today.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Lowe: We're preparing for the transfer window

 

31/10/19

Ryan Lowe mentioned today that he is already making preparations for the winter transfer window, which opens in January. Lowe confirmed that this could involve players arriving at and departing from Home Park.

The Argyle manager said that he is already receiving text messages and calls from agents ahead of the window opening in two months’ time.

Source: Plymouth Live

 

Confirmed: Argyle sign Billy Clarke

 

19/10/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of free agent Billy Clarke.

The 31 year-old was released by Bradford City at the end of last season. He arrives on a short-term contract.

Read more about Billy Clarke >

Source: pafc.co.uk

Confirmed: Purrington and Sangster to Dorchester

 

30/08/19

Tom Purrington and Cameron Sangster have joined Dorchester Town on a half-season loan. Purrington is a first-year professional and younger brother of ex-Pilgrim Ben, while Sangster is a second-year.

Dorchester play in the Southern Premier League, three levels below Plymouth Argyle, the same division as Paul Wotton’s Truro City where Ryan Law and Luke Jephcott are on loan.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Lowe: Up to five departures

 

 

29/08/19

After a quiet couple of weeks on the transfer front, it’s all come to life! After the loan signing of George Cooper, Ryan Lowe has now stated that up to five players will leave – permanent or on loan.

The Herald reports that Lowe told them two young players were soon to move to a semi-professional club, while another two could depart on loan, plus another permanent departure.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Argyle loan Cooper for season

 

29/08/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of Peterborough winger George Cooper on loan for the 2019-20 season. It has not been confirmed if the club have a recall clause.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Argyle to loan Cooper

29/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to loan George Cooper from Peterborough

Age: 22

Position: Winger

This season: 3 goals and 1 assist in 29 appearances

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: A dramatic late twist in Plymouth Argyle’s transfer window? Having been linked to Jamie Devitt last week – who has now joined Bradford on loan – Football Insider have now claimed that George Cooper is set to join on loan from Peterborough.

Cooper is a promising individual, but it’s fair to say that his transfer to Peterborough hasn’t worked at all. With no minutes played this season, only four league starts last season (and nine in all competitions), he has failed to adapt to their tactical demands. Played almost exclusively as a winger at Crewe, he’s had to play in a more narrow position with the Posh and it hasn’t gone well. Mind you, 30 goals and assists in 73 appearances during the eighteen months before he left Crewe show he can cut it at this level.

Argyle could certainly stand to benefit if they risked putting him in a wide-attacking position as a wing-back, but it would be a bold move that left the defence more exposed. He could also arrive as cover for Danny Mayor, a winger turned central-midfielder in Lowe’s 3-1-4-2, but that would be risky after his failure to adapt at Peterborough.

It cannot be denied that Football Insider is a very strong source, however they were horribly wide of the mark when claiming that Martyn Woolford was set to join, so they could have been misled by their source here too. Yet, given Cooper is well out of favour at Peterborough, this could be an opportunity too good to miss for Lowe as he aims to further bolster his squad.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

 

Confirmed: Argyle sign Rudden on loan

 

 

23/08/19

Plymouth Argyle have confirmed the signing of Rangers stringer Zak Rudden.

The 19-year-old comes to Home Park from Steven Gerrard’s side on an initial 6-month loan.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe: Argyle waiting to announce new striker

 

22/08/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Plymouth Argyle have completed the signing of a new striker, but he will not reveal the player until all the paperwork has been officially submitted.

Lowe has been hinting at the arrival of a new striker for weeks now, and he seems to have finally got his man. This follows the departure of Calum Dyson in the past few days.

Source: Plymouth Live

Lowe: One more signing

 

19/08/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that Plymouth Argyle are still active in this transfer window, with a new attacking player being lined up.

The identity of that player is unclear, but Lowe mentioned that he is looking to bolster his options up front with an additional body. This follows slight injuries to Byron Moore and Joel Grant, and Calum Dyson being released from the club.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Rumour: Argyle battle for Devitt again

 

18/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are interested in signing Jamie Devitt on loan

Age: 29

Position: Central midfielder, attacking midfielder, winger

This season: 0 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: It’s a very interesting one to assess, this. Devitt was heavily linked to Argyle a couple of months ago alongside Swindon and Blackpool. He ended up signing for the latter after rejecting a new deal at Carlisle, and that appeared to be that. However, things have changed somewhat at Bloomfield Road since

Terry McPhilips, the manager who signed Devitt, resigned at the start of July. Under new manager Simon Grayson, the Seasiders have been flying and have three wins in three league games to their name. However, Devitt has played no part so far, leading some to suggest that the player is surplus to requirements at the club. Rumour has it that Blackpool are open to loaning the player out and, should that be the case, it would make sense if the two sides interested before were in for him again.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the news is true. It’s hardly been spread by any esteemed journalists – rather, it has been posted on Twitter by an account simply called “Swindon Town Rumours”. The fact that the rumour seems credible is exactly what these accounts feed on. It’s therefore taking what they say with a significant pinch of salt until we hear the news from somebody with an ounce of credibility. For now, we just can’t be sure.

Rumour rating: ★★

 

Law loan extended

 

16/08/19

Ryan Law’s loan at Truro City has been extended until January.

The Argyle defender has impressed at Treyew Road since being loaned to Truro in July, and now has the chance to get even more game time under his belt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Lowe hints at another signing

 

15/08/19

Ryan Lowe has hinted that Argyle will look to bring in one more player during this transfer window. Asked whether this could happen before the Newport game, Lowe said “maybe we could have that before the weekend, maybe not.” It suggests that, at the very least, Lowe is still in talks with transfer targets.

Lowe also hinted that some players may depart on loan, alluding to the successes of Ryan Law and Luke Jephcott since they left on loan deals to Truro City.

Source: Plymouth Live

Confirmed: Argyle sign Grant on loan

 

08/08/19

Age: 20

Position: Centre-back

Last season: 0 goals and 0 assists in 12 appearances

Some deadline day activity (though Argyle’s deadline day isn’t for weeks yet), as Joshua Grant joins Plymouth Argyle on a half-season loan from Chelsea.

Grant played the full 90-minutes in Chelsea u23s 5-0 victory over Argyle at Home Park last season. He started eight professional matches in all competitions, including eight on-loan at relegated Yeovil Town in the second half of the season. His shirt number has not been confirmed and, with two players named J. Grant at the club, it will be interesting to see what is on the back of his shirt.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Confirmed: Smith-Brown joins Oldham on loan

 

02/08/19

Ashley Smith-Brown has joined fellow League Two side Oldham Athletic on loan.

The loan is set to last for the entirety of the 2019/20 season.

Source: pafc.co.uk

 

Confirmed: Jephcott loaned to Truro

 

02/08/19

Luke Jephcott has been loaned out by Plymouth Argyle to Paul Wotton’s Truro City.

The loan is for an initial period of 28 days, and Ryan Lowe has hinted that there could be a place in the Argyle squad for Jephcott this season if he performs well at Treyew Road.

Source: pafc.co.uk

Rumour: Ashley Smith-Brown to Oldham

 

01/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle’s Ashley Smith-Brown is set to join Oldham on loan

Age: 23

Position: Full back

Last season: 1 goal and 2 assists in 37 appearances

Source: owtb.co.uk

Verdict: A curious one, this. Whilst Ashley Smith-Brown has had a difficult pre-season, with the player actively struggling to make a mark in a system not all too ready to accommodate full backs, there was no indication that Lowe wanted him out of the door. However, that’s not to say that work hadn’t been going on behind the scenes, and if Oldham are keen, there is every chance that a deal could be struck for the player.

Let’s consider the logistics of this first of all. Smith-Brown is highly unlikely to play regularly for Argyle this season. It would take an injury to Callum McFadzean to open up a starting spot, and even then it’s possible that players such as Byron Moore or Joel Grant would be chosen to fill that hole ahead of Smith-Brown. Additionally, the fact he has been linked to Oldham gives credence to the rumour for two reasons. First of all, the Latics are looking for defensive reinforcements, and they are based close to where Smith-Brown began his career at Manchester City’s academy.

The source on this one is also interesting. Many people saw the rumour initially through Oldham fan Danny Taylor’s post on Twitter, but we’ve tracked it back to a post on Oldham’s supporters forum. The forum post was made at 3:27pm, and Taylor’s tweet came at 3:30pm. Provided those times are reliable (they aren’t always on football forums!), it’s possible that Taylor saw the rumour and tweeted it immediately. However, the times are very close, so there’s every chance both heard about the rumour at the same time, and posted it accordingly. That would certainly add to it a higher degree of reliability.

In truth, without being experts on how Oldham’s fans operate online, we just cannot be sure on this one. However, it’s certainly one worth keeping an eye on.

Rumour rating: ★★★

Rumour: Argyle to miss out on Ennis

 

01/08/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are set to miss out Wolverhampton striker Niall Ennis, with Doncaster set to sign the player

Age: 20

Position: Striker

Last season: 1 appearance

Source: Football Insider

Verdict: Generally speaking, when Pete O’Rourke and Football Insider report that something is imminent, it tends to be believable. However, we should note that O’Rourke is not infallible. Indeed, it was he who reported that Argyle were close to signing Martyn Woolford last week. That was before Chris Errington claimed that link was wide of the mark later that day, and we have heard nothing on the potential deal since.

It’s also interesting to note that it was Football Insider themselves who made the initial link between Argyle and Ennis back in mid-July. That wasn’t entirely wide of the mark – Ryan Lowe himself stated that Argyle had held talks with the player. However, it does lead one to question whether we can believe the source on the same player given their previous record.

However, despite all that caveating, this is a move that would make sense. Ennis and Wolves presumably wanted to keep their options open when looking for a loan destination, and a League One club looking to secure his services may prove they were right to do so. As for Doncaster, they are in the market for a new striker following the departure of John Marquis to Portsmouth. Don’t be surprised if this one gets over the line – it’s probably time for Argyle to turn their focus to other targets.

Rumour rating: ★★★★

Update: No contract for Hall

 

01/08/19

Ryan Lowe has confirmed that defender and Plymouth Argyle trialist Ben Hall will not be signing a contract at Home Park,

The Argyle manager was speaking about Argyle’s squad heading into the season, and confirmed that he won’t be offering Hall a deal.

Source: Plymouth Live

Tafari Moore loan listed

31/10/19

Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has told reporters that Tafari Moore has been loan listed.

He told reporters: “We have made Tafari Moore available to go out on loan. He’s been a good lad, different class. He has not spat his dummy out, but unfortunately he is not in the plans at this moment in time. He’s been terrific, but he needs to get some game play.”

Source: Plymouth Argyle

Rumour: Argyle chase striker Samuel

27/12/19

Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a number of clubs interested in Blackburn striker Dominic Samuel.

Age: 25

Position: Striker

This season: 0 goals in 2 appearances

Source: Twitter

Verdict: There’s a lot to say this sort of move would make sense. Samuel showed plenty of promise when he first moved to Blackburn in 2017 from Reading, but an anterior cruciate ligament injury severely set back his development. Since then, Blackburn have gone from strength to strength, but Samuel has missed the boat, only taking to the field for 16 minutes so far this season. There is still clearly a player there though – he has 6 goals in 4 appearances in Premier League 2 so far this season.

Indeed, it may well make sense for Samuel to make a move down the pyramid to reignite his career. But there have to be question marks about whether Blackburn would let him go, particularly in light of Bradley Dack’s impending 12-month spell on the sidelines. Samuel found himself on the bench on Boxing Day, and may be called upon during the festive period.

That’s not the only thing to cast doubt on this rumour. It was posted on Twitter by “The EFL Hub”, which for all intents and purposes looks like the sort of account that thinks of transfers on a whim and posts them as rumours. They’ve tweeted just over 100 times, but strangely not between the months of September and December. A cynic may say that’s quite convenient, given the timing of transfer windows, but we’ll leave that there.

In truth, there’s nothing here to suggest Samuel may join the club – it was only worthy of comment considering how rumours spread across social media. If he does, the person running the account will have gotten lucky, they have no insider knowledge at all.

Rumour rating: ★