Blake's Haven

FORMER Pilgrim Darcy Blake has been training at Home Park this week...

...with Argyle manager John Sheridan keen to have a good look at the Welsh international.

Defender Darcy, 25, played seven times in the Championship for the Pilgrims while on loan from Cardiff City five years ago, and is on the hunt for a club after parting company with Argyle’s League 2 rivals Newport County at the end of last season.

“It’ll be three or four weeks before he is fit,” said John, “but he wants to do that, so he’ll come in, get himself fit as quickly as possible, and then we can have a good look at him. 

“If I feel as though he’s impressed me enough, we’ll possibly do something. He’s another player who I enquired about in the summer. He’s working very hard at the moment, it’s just down to the case of getting himself fit, because I know he has the ability to play at this level, and I’ll have a good look at him.”

Darcy has experience with Crystal Palace and Cardiff City, and has FA Cup, League Cup and Championship runners-up medals in his locker, as well as featuring 14 times for his country.

John said: “When you look at the clubs he’s played for – and he’s played international games – he’s got the ability. It’s just a case of getting his fitness levels right, and hopefully we can do that whilst he’s here. 

“He’s good on the ball; he’s got good qualities; and calmness. He’s not the biggest centre-half, but he’s physical enough to play there, and I feel as though he can play in a couple of positions, which is always good. 

“I don’t think there’s any question about his ability; it’s down to Darcy, really.”