Fringe Benefits

AS one Argyle player leaves the club on loan and another edges closer to a move away, John Sheridan has reiterated his keenness to see fringe players get first team football wherever they can.

The boss was speaking shortly after defender Jamie Richards, who had just returned from a temporary spell at Irish side Linfield, agreed to move to Dartford on a youth loan until February 28.

Sheridan is pleased to see the 20-year-old be unafraid to look elsewhere to for chances to get playing time under his belt, and would be far from against more players who are unable to break into his first-team plans following suit.

“I think Jamie has got family in that area,” said John, “so he can stay with his family and he is going to be playing football.

“It suits Jamie, and Jamie was really interested when they first came in for him.

“There are one or two players who have been coming to me and I have said if you can get a club, and if it suits everyone and they come in and they want to take you, I would never stand in any player’s way. I’m not like that and never have been like that as a manager.

“As a footballer you should want to be playing football – that’s the way I look at it.”

Another player struggling to play regularly for the Greens has been Marvin Morgan, and Sheridan is giving the striker every chance of moving away if he wants to switch to Hartlepool United, whose manager Ronnie Moore travelled the best part of 390 miles to see Morgan play in a development game earlier this week.

“He’s available to go out to whichever clubs suits him,” said John.

“I think [Ronnie Moore] has been speaking to Marvin’s agent. I think Ronnie knew the situation before he even came down to watch him. He’s come a long way to just watch a reserve game.

“I’ve told Ronnie he can have him. One or two other clubs are interested but I don’t know who those clubs are. I’ve had a chat with Marvin; he’s an experienced lad and I won’t stand in his way. Marvin knows that."