Holding Out For A Hiram

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams believes that Hiram Boateng will stoke up the heat in the Argyle engine-room.

Crystal Palace teenager Hiram has come to Home Park on a loan from the Premier League side which runs until the new year.

“He’s a central midfielder, left-footed, strong,” said Derek. “We think it will give us a different blend to the midfield players we have already. I am looking forward to working with him for the six months to give him some opportunity to get some game time.

“He’s a player who can create things; he can sit in midfield; he can play in a three or a two. We’ve been struggling in central midfield and I think it adds to the competition in there.

"He can take the ball from the back; he can create goals as well; and he's a strong powerful young man. We look forward to getting him in to the squad. He's got experience of league action with Crystal Palace and a short spell with Crawley. We're happy for him to come here.

"It's a six-month loan deal, it's important that you have players in for that period of time, it's not a short-term fix. It's something that we can possibly look to extend in the January window if the two clubs and the player can agree to that and he does well and we're both happy. I think he'll be a good signing."

The announcement of 19-year-old Londoner Hiram’s move to Home Park came two days after confirmation that Anthony O’Connor, whose contract at Home Park expired in the summer, had joined League 1 Burton Albion.

“That’s just a coincidence,” said Derek. “I had already moved forwards and tried to do this deal for a week or so now.”