COMING to Home Park – after a ringing endorsement from former Pilgrim Caolan Lavery – is a new experience for young goalkeeper Cameron Dawson, although he is not exactly a stranger in town.The highly-rated 18-year-old Sheffield Wednesday custodian, who has joined Argyle on loan until the end of the season, trained with his new team-mates on Tuesday morning after his transfer two days earlier.
“It’s my first time away from Sheffield,” said the 6ft 4in England Under-19 international, “my first loan experience. I’m really looking forward to it, to testing myself away from the comforts of home.
“I’ve got family down here if I need them and I’ll spend a bit of time with them. I’ve visited Plymouth a few times, so I know bits and bobs about it. I’ve never been to Home Park before, never been to a Plymouth game, so I’m looking forward to Saturday when we get York here, and hopefully another three points.
All of Cameron’s family are lifelong Owls fans, so the chance to work with a Hillsborough living legend was never likely to be passed up, even if Cameron’s terrace recollections of John Sheridan playing are a little hazy.
“I was a bit young, but I’ve heard lots about him - the fans love him up there,” he said. “So when I got the chance to come here and work for him, I jumped at that chance.”
Argyle were given a strong rep to Cameron by Wednesday team-mate Caolan, who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Home Park earlier in the campaign.
“I went and spoke to Caolan about it and he said: ‘Jump at the chance, get yourself down’. He said: ‘It’s a great club, great people; you’ll enjoy yourself down there.’
“I was already decided, but it’s nice to hear those words from Caolan, who speaks very fondly of his time down here.
“For me, it’s all about getting first-team experience and being around a first-team set-up, working with the manager and his staff and learning things off new people.”