ARGYLE have signed Drew Talbot, seven years after he first flitted across the Home Park radar.The 28-year-old has joined his former manager John Sheridan on loan until the end of the season from Sky Bet League 1 Chesterfield.
Drew, who can play a variety of positions, goes straight into the Argyle squad for Saturday’s visit to Hartlepool and will wear the number 27 shirt while he is a Pilgrim.
John initially signed Drew in the summer of 2009, following his appointment as manager of Chesterfield, after the player had spent the previous six months on loan at Saltergate from Luton Town.
A year earlier, Argyle manager Paul Sturrock had unsuccessfully tried to lure Drew and fellow Hatters’ striker Calvin Andrew away from Kenilworth Road to the Pilgrims.
It was Luggy who had handed Drew his Football League debut, while at Sheffield Wednesday, where the Yorkshireman had come through the Hillsborough ranks.
After debuting in a 1-1 draw at Peterborough in October 2004 as an 18-year-old striker, he went on to make 25 appearances for the Owls that season, scoring five goals.
The most memorable of his strikes came in the final game of the campaign, the League 1 play-off final at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium. He netted Wednesday’s final goal in a 4-2 victory over Hartlepool, Argyle’s opponents this weekend.
Despite his initial impact, Drew failed to nail down a regular starting place in Wednesday’s Championship side and, after a loan spell at Scunthorpe United, joined Luton for £250,000 in January 2007.
As Luton’s financial problems started to bite, Drew moved to Chesterfield, where John Sheridan used him in the right-back position as well as on the right side of attack, and he helped the Spireites win the League 2 title in 2010-11 and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy the following season.
He has made just one appearance for Chesterfield this season, earlier this week as a substitute in a 3-0 home win against Crawley, after recovering from a pubic bone problem that kept him out for spells during the previous campaign.
Welcome to Home Park, Drew.