Trots Will Stay

DEFENDER Neal Trotman has signed a deal to remain at Home Park until the end of the season.

The centre-back, signed as a free agent after leaving Chesterfield in the summer, initially signed a contract which expired this month, but he has now put pen to paper on a deal to commit until the end of the current campaign.

Neal has scored one goal in 26 appearances for Argyle, but it was a goal of crucial importance. It came at Mansfield, in injury time, to give Argyle a 1-0 victory in a match that many saw as a turning point in the Pilgrims' season.

Manager John Sheridan said of his signing: "He’s agreed to stay until the end of the season. Everything’s done. I’m pleased about that.

"It’s important that we keep a nucleus in the dressing-room because we’ve got a very good dressing-room at the moment. They all get on with each other and I think that’s a big part of having a successful team."

Tope Obadeyi will also be available for Argyle for Sunday's game at Port Vale in the third round of the FA Cup with Budweiser. His loan spell from Bury was initially set to end on Saturday - the date on which the tie was originally to be played. However, given that the fixture was moved back 24 hours, Bury, Argyle, the Football League and The FA have negotiated the amendment.

Tope has made four starts and five substitute appearance for Argyle, and will return to Bury after Sunday's game. With Caolan Lavery unavailable for the game at Vale Park, Tope will come into the reckoning for a starting berth in Argyle's attack.

John said: "Tope’s available. He’s in the squad and he’ll travel. He’ll be involved in the game. He’s enjoyed his time here and hopefully he can go out with a bang."

The manager is also hopeful of bringing in a couple more new faces during the January transfer window.

"I’m still in the process of talking to two players," John said. "I still want to bring two players in who I think will strengthen us. We’ll get Sunday’s game out of the way and hopefully carry things forward."