Coming On, Coming In
WITH Argyle's pre-season schedule taken care of, Derek Adams believes aspects on and off the pitch are pointing in the right direction for the 2016-17 campaign.
The Greens concluded their rigorous nine-game schedule to prepare for the new season with a goalless draw against Premier League side West Bromwich Albion. The match was played in front of over 8,000 fans at Home Park - a number that Adams was truly stunned by as he praised the Green Army.
"We probably didn't expect to have 5,000 here," said Derek, "so to have 8,000 people here shows how far West Brom have come and Plymouth Argyle have come.
"That's a tremendous turnout from the people in the local area to come and watch us and support us today."
Just two of Argyle's current senior squad were unavailable for the game, but the boss expects both Connor Smith and Karleigh Osborne to be able to return to training sooner rather than later.
"Karleigh Osborne will hopefully be back in training soon," said Derek. "Connor Smith took a knock in training in Holland - we're still assessing that. Hopefully in not too long, they can get back in training with the squad."
The pair of Pilgrims are set to join a further-strengthened side upon their return, with Adams confirming his expectancy to sign a goalkeeper in the coming days. Following that, loan incomings are certainly an area that Derek will aim to use to his side's advantage, much like he did with the likes of Craig Tanner and Hiram Boateng towards the beginning of last season.
"We'll sign a goalkeeper this week," Derek confirmed. "We need to push Luke McCormick and Vincent Dorel to the fore.
"Vincent Dorel's done exceptionally well since he's come to this football club. The two of them are vying for that number one position this year. The new goalkeeper will come in and push them for a second spot or a first spot, as well.
"The loan signings are nothing imminent at this moment, but there's still scope to do that."