Filling Spots

DEREK Adams fully intends to bolster his Argyle squad before the loan window closes, with a replacement for one outgoing Pilgrim on the agenda.

After the Pilgrims' game against AFC Wimbledon on April 9, Oscar Threlkeld's current deal from parent club Bolton Wanderers will expire, leaving a spot in the squad that Adams will be seeking a replacement for.    
"There probably will be before the end of March," said Adams when asked about potential signings. "I would think that will be the case. It might be a permanent signing, it might be a loan signing, but I would see that as a possibility. 
"Of course we have to replace him [Threlkeld], there's no doubt about that. We'll do that before the end of the window." 
One Argyle player who has returned to the club this week is Deane Smalley, who is receiving treatment on a troublesome knee. Deane has been on loan at Warren Feeney's Newport County, and Adams believes the forward will be able to resume playing sooner rather than later. 
"He's back – he's got a slight soreness in his knee," said Derek. "We're just going to get him back to fitness, then return him to Newport to get some more match time.  
"He had been training for a long time with us and played games, and he was fit to go and play. Obviously three games in a week is difficult for anybody. It's good to see he's fully fit now, he's been able to play a good number of minutes for Newport in those three games, and it shows his fitness levels are good."