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Lowe retains interest in last season's loanees
At a press conference today, Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe mentioned that he would be interested in signing players who were on loan at Home Park last season once more. In some cases, he has even stated that he is already in active talks in order to make moves happen.
Ryan Hardie: This is most prominently the case with Hardie, whose pace and ability to find the net ultimately proved to be the final piece of the Argyle jigsaw last season. Lowe mentioned that “we are in discussions to try and potentially do something but whether we can or not remains to be seen.” It’s a clear suggestion that interest in completing a deal is at the forefront of the Argyle manager’s mind.
George Cooper: Lowe also retains an interest in bringing Cooper back to Home Park for the 2020/21 campaign, but this one looks as though it’ll be a little trickier to pull off. On the topic of last season’s assist king, Lowe said “George loved it here, he would love to play for us, but he’s contracted to Peterborough United. It’s up to them what they want to do with him.” An obvious statement, perhaps, but very much a message to Posh that any potential deal for Cooper relies on them; Lowe mentioned he wouldn’t be interested in a deal for “silly money”.
Tyreeq Bakinson: Lowe has also been making moves on this front. Bakinson is now back at Bristol City, but Argyle’s manager has certainly retained contact with his City counterpart Lee Johnson. Lowe stated that he “spoke to Lee to wish them all the best in the next nine games” and the topic of Bakinson sprung up. Ulterior motives indeed, and no doubt a statement of interest in making another move for the midfielder.
Josh Grant: Very much unlikely to be in Green next season. Lowe didn’t mention him specifically, but he’s widely believed to be on the verge of signing for Bristol Rovers. A deal could be announced at any moment.
Alex Palmer: A tricky one to assess. Palmer signed a three-year contract extension with West Bromwich Albion last month, so clearly a permanent transfer is out of the question. The Baggies look to be on the verge of Premier League promotion, however, and despite how good Palmer has been over the last 12 months, a top flight berth seems a little bit of a stretch. Lowe said he could “see him on the bench in the Premier League next season”, but equally that he would “potentially go out loan again and maybe (in) League One”. Argyle would certainly be interested if he did.
Source: Plymouth Live
New Contract: Scott Wootton
The Plymouth Argyle contract conveyer belt is continuing to run. Scott Wootton has become the latest player to commit his future to the Pilgrims.
The 28-year-old centre back put the disappointment of 2018/19 behind him to contribute to Argyle’s promotion last term. He’s another who will no doubt be looking forward to a second shot at League One with the Greens.
Meanwhile, from this month’s retained list, only Callum McFadzean and Jarvis Cleal have yet to have had their futures confirmed.
New Contract: Conor Grant
Another day has gone by, and another player has put pen to paper on a new deal at Plymouth Argyle.
This time it’s Conor Grant who has committed his future to the Home Park club. The 25-year-old was a bit-part player in the 2019/20 campaign. It will therefore be interesting to see how he’ll fare in the new campaign in League One, particularly after the departure of Antoni Sarcevic. His versatility may well have persuaded manager Ryan Lowe to offer him an extension.
New Contract: Niall Canavan
Plymouth Argyle’s squad for the 2020/21 campaign is beginning to come together. Niall Canavan has become the latest player to sign his contract extension at Home Park.
The defender, 29, was an ever-present in the league for Argyle since mid-October, and will no doubt be looking forward to another shot at League One.
New Contract: Luke Jephcott
Important news came out of Plymouth Argyle today as Luke Jephcott signed his new deal.
The 20-year-old burst onto the scene last season, with a number of crucial goals contributing to Argyle’s eventual promotion. He’ll be around for the 2020/21 season.
New contracts for young trio
A trio of Plymouth Argyle acamdemy graduated have signed new contracts at Home Park.
Adam Randell, Klaidi Lolos and Ryan Law have become the latest players to confirm their commitment to Argyle’s 2020/21 campaign in League One.
Rumour: Argyle chase Jamie Reid
Rumour: Plymouth Argyle are one of a trio of League One clubs looking to sign Torquay’s Jamie Reid
Last season: 18 goals and 2 assists in 33 appearances
Verdict: First of all, isn’t it nice to see Argyle listed amongst League One clubs again? It makes this most bizarre of promotions feel just a little more real.
The link to Jamie Reid is an interesting one. The source in question, namely EFL Hub on Twitter, is slightly questionable. It’s an account that posts updates in peaks and troughs, with most activity coming in transfer windows. Some may say that’s because it’s when their insider transfer knowledge is most valuable, whilst cynics would argue that this is just somebody trying to garner attention when transfer news is most sought after. Make up your own minds.
Any suggestion that they have received additional inside knowledge on Reid at this time, however, is a bit of a stretch. Today they’ve mentioned that Argyle are after the player alongside Bristol Rovers and Accrington, but a tweet from the same account back in May linked him to Rovers, Exeter, Luton and Huddersfield. It looks much more like a scattergun approach to reporting, rather than bringing forward anything concrete.
That being said, Reid will certainly be looking for a new club this summer after turning down a new deal at Torquay, and Argyle could be good candidates. It’s understood that manager Ryan Lowe was spotted watching him last season, and Argyle will certainly need a striker if they are unable to sign Ryan Hardie back next season. Location could also be a beneficial factor in any potential transfer.
Frankly, it would be a surprise if Argyle were not interested in the player, but it’s probably worth waiting for a more reliable source to report it before getting excited.
Rumour rating: ★★
Update: Sarcevic confirms departure
Following on from Ryan Lowe’s comments to the media this afternoon, Antoni Sarcevic has confirmed his Argyle departure with a goodbye message on social media.
In the message, he took the opportunity to thank Lowe, as well as previous manager Derek Adams who brought him to the club. He appreciated that some would have their own views on his decision, but that the majority would understand, and concluded by thanking the Green Army for their support over the last three-and-a-half years.
Any lingering doubts about Sarcevic’s status can now be put to bed.
Lowe announces Sarcevic departure
Antoni Sarcevic’s departure from Plymouth Argyle appears all but certain, following Ryan Lowe’s comments on the club website today.
It was reported that “Sarcevic has confirmed he will not be taking up the Greens’ offer of a new deal.”
Lowe is quoted as saying “we respect Sarce’s decision – it was a family decision. He wanted to get back closer to home, and we can understand that.
“It would not have been an easy choice for him to make. We thank Sarce for the impact he had at the club, and we wish him all the best moving forward. As I have always said – if you choose move on, no problem – that’s football.”
His club for next season appears uncertain – Salford have clearly always been interested – but it definitely won’t be Argyle.
Sawyer signs new deal
Gary Sawyer has become the first players of those offered new contracts to put pen to paper and commit his future to Plymouth Argyle.
The long-serving club captain, who turns 35 next month, will extend his stay at Home Park beyond the end of this curtailed season. Sitting on 297 appearances, there’s every chance he will pass the 300 mark during the forthcoming campaign.
Cooper likely to stay at Peterborough
George Cooper, who spent much of the 2019/20 season on loan at Plymouth Argyle, does not look set to return.
The midfielder, who spent most of his time on the left wing, was one of Argyle’s players of the season, and that appears to have caught the attention of his parent club. When asked about Cooper, Peterborough owner Darragh MacAnthony confirmed he was in Posh’s first team plans for next season, adding that there was no chance of the player returning to Home Park.
Retained List Announced
Plymouth Argyle have announced their retained list following the curtailment of the 2019/20 League Two season.
The main headlines are that Danny Mayor has been retained for another year, and contracts have been offered to ten players including player of the season Antoni Sarcevic and captain Gary Sawyer.
List in full:
Under contract: Will Aimson, Michael Cooper, Joe Edwards, Byron Moore, Dom Telford
Extension Triggered: Danny Mayor
Offered new contract: Niall Canavan, Conor Grant, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law, Klaidi Lolos, Callum McFadzean, Adam Randell, Antoni Sarcevic, Gary Sawyer, Scott Wootton
Released: Alex Fletcher, Joel Grant, Tafari Moore, Michael Peck, Tom Purrington, Ryan Taylor