Derek's Trotter

ARGYLE’S latest signing Oscar Threlkeld sounded out Bolton team-mate Andy Kellett before moving to Home Park, and received the highest possible recommendation.

Oscar, 20, has come to Home Park from the Trotters on loan until January 2, following in the studmarks of fellow defender Andy, who enjoyed a highly successful 15-match spell as a Pilgrim last season.

After completing his temporary move on Thursday afternoon, Oscar said: “To be honest, at first, I was a bit edgy about it but once I’d spoken to Andy Kellett and spoke to the gaffer here, it made me want to come.

“Andy enjoyed it; it made him a better player, a better person – it made him into a man really; it’s real men’s football down here. He said he loved it; the fans were brilliant; it’s a homely ground; a good experience. That’s what made me want to come down here – to try to get in his footsteps.”

Oscar, who has played for Bolton in the Championship and Capital One Cup, was Wanderers’ captain in the Under-21 Professional Development League but knows a new experience awaits him on the latest stage of his career. 

He said: “I’ve only watched League 2 football – I’ve obviously not experienced it – but from the Under-21s, from what I’ve heard, it’s a major step up. 

“This is what I need to start my career. I’ve got a lot of experience in the Championship but it’s a different ball-game in League 2 – more physical – but I’m looking forward to it. I want to kick on straight away and do well for myself and for the club and for the fans.

“I can play centre-half, right-back or CDM [central defensive midfield]. I like to get forward, I like to get on the ball and keep it ticking. I’ll play wherever the gaffer wants me to play.

“I’ve seen that you’ve had your wins; you’ve had a good start; and I’m more than willing to carry on with the winning form, trying to keep the ball out of our net. 

“I just can’t wait to start playing. I’m eager to play. I’ve been out with an injury and I just want to play – that’s what I’m here to do – play football and keep us up with promotion.”