IT was after midnight when Guy Madjo arrived in Plymouth, the night before Argyle’s game with Torquay.Carl Fletcher had made a call to Aldershot’s Cameroonian forward to bring his talents to Devon on an emergency month-long loan and not only did he make the journey down the M4 and M5, but he got straight onto the bus for the short trip to Plainmoor.
Guy completed a whirlwind 24 hours by making his Argyle debut, replacing Warren Feeney in the second half of the 0-0 draw.
Carl said: “Guy has come in to take a bit of pressure off the injured ones. We don’t want to force them back to quickly.
“He’s been in our thoughts for a while. Sometimes you try to get players and it takes forever, maybe two or three months. For Guy it was a case of getting it done in about fifteen minutes!
“He wasn’t starting for Aldershot, and he wants to play games. It was ideal for us that he wanted to come down here. As soon as we made the call he was in his car and he came down last night. That shows me he wanted to come here, play games and do well.
“He’s a big size, a presence. A battering ram!
“It’s great that we’ve got him down and he’s proven at this level, which is good for us.”
Madjo’s arrival coincides, not accidentally, with several injuries to Argyle players. Carl was forced to name a relatively inexperienced bench due to his depleted numbers, so the arrival of 28-year-old Madjo will be a welcome boost.
“Last year we didn’t have any injuries, we were very lucky,” said Carl, “This year they’ve all come in one little spell, but you get that in football. It’s just one of those things.
“We’ve tried to look into everything. We’ve got a new pitch, it’s just been re-laid and it’s a bit firmer than it was last year. We look into every detail we can to try to get everyone fit and available for selection.
“Pursey has had injuries the last few weeks, and Wotts played through the pain barrier today.
“Once everyone is fit and healthy, we’ll have a great selection.”