Strong Armed

GREG Strong has been appointed as Argyle's new chief scout.

Strong played with Argyle boss Derek Adams at Livingston and Motherwell - two of the clubs on the 39-year-old former defender's extensive CV. 

Greg represented 17 clubs in a 20-year career that saw him played in the Premier Leagues in England, Scotland and Wales. Born in Bolton, he started out Wigan Athletic before a move to his hometown club. A trio of loan moves away from Bolton concluded with a spell at Motherwell, for whom he signed permanently. 

He moved back to England to play for Hull, and had loan spells with Cheltenham, Scunthorpe and Bury before a move to Boston United. After a brief time at Macclesfield on loan, he returned to Scotland; first to Livingston, then Dundee. 

A move back to England saw him take in three non-league sides in the north - Halifax, Northwich Victoria and Droylsden - before he moved to Rhyl in 2008. Greg would spend seven years with the Welsh outfit; first as a player, then as player-manager. He left Rhyl by mutual consent in May 2015.

Derek said: "Greg's going to come in - he's been working as a manager at Rhyl. He's going to head up the scouting department. We're looking to add to our scouting network over England and Scotland, and then eventually further afield in the future. 

"It will work two ways. He'll go to watch the opponents we'll have on the Saturday, and he'll head things up recruitment-wise by taking my advice on what we need to look for, player-wise. It might be a younger age group, watching development games, but it could be first-team matches too.

"He's a very hard worker; he has very good knowledge of the game, and good contacts. That will help us go forward. He is enthusiastic and willing to do well."