Shez Looking For Central Spark

ARGYLE manager John Sheridan is still in the market for additions to his squad – primarily a central midfielder.

With the Pilgrims’ 2014-15 campaign drawing ever-nearer, the gaffer will be getting closer to knowing who will take to the field in their opening Sky Bet League 2 game, away at Cambridge United.

Ever since Conor Hourihane’s departure in June, Shez has been hard at work looking for a replacement to play in the middle of the park. John even revealed that a loan move looked all but completed, until a change of heart from the player denied him from getting his man.

Said John: “There was a lad who I thought we were going to get, but obviously the distance to travel has put him off, and I understand that.

“You have just got to keep persevering. Hopefully whoever comes wants to come to play football. It is a lovely place to come, but I do understand; once you are married, it is very difficult to move to a new area.

“It is a shame, because I would have liked him to come. He would have been a season-long loan, but he is at his club and he wants to stay there.

"In football nowadays, you are not going to stay at a club for five, six or seven years. That is just the way football has gone.

“Sometimes you can uproot and move the family but it is difficult nowadays, so I understand when people have got family and children.”

Whilst a place in the first team is not guaranteed, with the likes of Dominic Blizzard, Lee Cox, Tyler Harvey and River Allen all battling for that spot, an extra body in midfield is on the agenda, preferably one with experience of playing at a higher level - a common theme in Argyle's recent recruits.

“I still feel we may be a little bit short, and I would still like to add one or two, but I feel that if I can get those in, and keep everyone fit, we have got a strong group,” said Shez.

“But we will still keep working hard. Central midfield is still an area I want to fill, what with Conor leaving, and I want to get competition in that area.

“One or two have said yes to us, and we will carry on. That is just life: you get your knock-backs, but we will just keep trying to get the players we want.”