Linking at the Park
GREGG Wylde is delighted to not only sign for Argyle - but to link up with a manager he has long admired.
The 24-year old winger has signed a one-year deal to join the Greens and, in particular, Pilgrims boss Derek Adams, whom Gregg knows from their time in the Scottish leagues.
“It’s good to be here and get it sorted,” said Gregg. “It’s been a long time – over a month or so – talking to clubs, so I’m just delighted that I’m here with Derek.
“I know Derek very well from Scotland, so I’m looking forward to the challenge. People don’t realise how good he’s done in Scotland at Ross County – on a low budget as well. He took them to a Scottish Cup final, won a couple of leagues, won Manager of the Year, so he’s a great manager.
“He’s tried to get me a few times so I’m just delighted to be here, and looking forward to kicking on.”
Gregg’s footballing CV is impressive, playing at the peak of Scottish football as a teenager before dipping his toes into the English game at Championship level.
“I started my career at Rangers – I was there for 15 years,” said Wylde. “I broke into the first team when I was 17 and had my full shot at the team when I was 19.
“I won the league, won the League Cup and played in the Europa League, so I did a few things at quite a young age.
“I left a year ago and went to Bolton Wanderers, but when Owen Coyle left there, I left and went back to Scotland with Aberdeen, then to St Mirren and now here. I had a few taster games [in England] with Bury. Their manager, Kevin Blackwell, was very good for me; he helped me stay on my toes.
“But that’s in the past. Now I want to win promotion with Plymouth.”
The pacey and attack-minded talent is eager to get through pre-season and contribute goals for the Pilgrims in any way possible – either through laying them on a plate for teammates he already knows well, or chipping in with goals himself.
“I was talking to Derek about [Jake Jervis],” said Wylde. “I played against him just before last season finished and he was a handful up top, so hopefully he can bring that to Plymouth.
“I saw Reuben Reid scored 21 goals last season, so hopefully I can make assists for him, and obviously I can score myself. We’ll just do well for the team and take it from there.
“I’ll go home tomorrow, get my stuff, come back down and look forward to Monday.
“I watched [Argyle] last season, missing out on the play-offs against Wycombe but selling out the stadium. Hopefully we can go one better this year with the players we’ve got.”