Tanner at Home

CRAIG Tanner is enjoying every minute of his time at Argyle, and would be “more than happy” to extend his stay at Home Park.

Perhaps it should not come as much of a surprise that the on-loan Reading midfielder, who starred in the Greens’ 2-1 victory over Luton Town last weekend, has taken quickly to his time at the club. 

Tanner, who turned 21 this week, has played in 17 games in all competitions this season, scoring three goals, and feels his time with Pilgrims has seen his own performances go from strength to strength. 

“It’s been really enjoyable,” said Craig. “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to come here and learn my trade at such a big club. 

“The first goal I scored was a right-foot volley into the top corner, which I’ve never done before. That was in my first game at Home Park. 

“I think I’m performing well at the moment. I think I’ve settled in now and getting used to understanding what the gaffer wants from me. It always takes time. I just want to score goals and enjoy my football, because when I enjoy my football, that’s when I play at my best. 

“[Derek] just wants me to be aggressive on the ball and play my game because I’m a creative, attacking player. Just try and create chances for the team, work my socks off and hopefully get a couple of goals.

“I think my game’s really come on, especially in the last month. I’ve got a couple of goals from not that many starts, so hopefully I can get a few more starts, but I need to improve on my consistency and take it from there.” 

Working under manager Derek Adams, as well as around a group of talented, in-form players, Craig feels right at home at Argyle. Despite his current loan deal at the club coming to an end in early January, the option of staying in Devon for the remainder of the season is one that he is certainly interested in, as he has taken a shine to his temporary home. 

“My loan is up on January 2,” said Tanner, “so luckily enough they managed to squeeze in Carlisle away as my last game! 

“I’ll have to wait and see with the two clubs – it’s all down to them really. I’m really enjoying my time here, and if everyone says it’s right, I’m more than happy to sign for the season. I’ll leave it down to the two clubs. 

“I’ve been really impressed. Hopefully the fans have taken to me the way that I’ve taken to them.”