On Their Toes

ARGYLE manager John Sheridan believes that competition for places is key if the Pilgrims are to be successful this season.

John has made seven new signings this summer before adding Neal Trotman to the ranks in the first week of the season.

Now, with the transfer window shutting on September, he is hoping that internal pressure for a space in the side will encourage all of his players to shine.

“I want to have a strong squad and people fighting for places,” said John.

“I don’t want anybody in their comfort zone thinking that they’re going to be playing week in week out. I think it’s important that I’ve got people pushing each other.

“I’ve got one or two players fit and looking stronger and it’s good because it’ll keep people on their toes and fighting for their spot in the side.

“It’s important that whoever has got the shirt at the moment goes out and performs because there’s one or two people who are itching and dying to get a game and at the same time, I want them to be ready for when they do get a chance.”

The transfer window may be coming to a close but in a week’s time, the loan window will be open.

Shez said: “I think I’ve got a good, strong squad at the moment but there are one or two areas that I would like to strengthen if we can.

“I know what the circumstances are, I know what my budget is and I’ll work around that. At this moment in time, everyone’s fit and available.

“Any manager in this league is going to use the loan system and I’m sure that we’ll have to use it at some point.”

Meanwhile, John confirmed that there had been no offers for any of the Pilgrims’ current crop.

He said: “No one has enquired about any of our players.

“I wouldn’t stand in anybody’s way if they get the opportunity to play football if they’re not playing here and someone asked about one of our players.“