Bright Spark Bants

JASON Banton continued to show encouraging pre-season signs in the Pilgrims midweek home friendly against Yeovil Town, which has elicited high praise from his manager John Sheridan.

The 21-year old has received plenty of game time over the last few weeks in preparation of Argyle’s 2014-15 campaign, in which he is expected to play an integral part.

The winger started in the Greens’ 2-1 defeat to Sky Bet League 1 side Yeovil and regularly asked questions of opposing defenders, and opened up gaps for his team-mates. His gaffer believes that, with a bit of refining and perfecting, Banton can be a valuable asset to his team all season long.

Said John: “It is a shame we lost the game because you never like to lose games, but I thought there were lots of positives, especially attacking-wise with Banton. You can see it when he is on his game – when he runs at people and being nice and positive.

“I like him to do that high up the pitch, not in our half. He can do that sometimes and get caught trying that ball that can cause us problems. I do not mind him doing it 30 yards from goal, because we have got time to recover.

“He has probably been our brightest spark this pre-season. He has looked really good, worked his socks off in training and got himself really fit and sharp, and you can see that in his game.”