Making a Mark
OSCAR Threlkeld may be a young, on-loan Argyle player, but he has every intention of leaving a lasting impression at Home Park.
After an inauspicious start to his loan spell due to injuries and a settled squad, the 21-year old is now fully embedded into the Argyle squad, owning a spot he knows he will have to work hard to keep until April, with plenty of options fit and ready when called upon.
"It's always good playing football - I've wanted that from an early age," said Oscar. "Argyle's been class to me: as soon as I walked through the door they've been kind to me and given me a lot of support.
"Once I got my foot in the door against Millwall I've fought my corner and tried to stay in the team. I've had little niggles here and there and missed a couple of games, but I've always shown in training that I'm ready to play.
"Like the gaffer says every week, when we play games the bench is looking stronger and stronger, so we need to fight for our place and keep in the team. That's what everyone knows, and that's what everyone does."
Oscar is not content with simply taking on everything he learns during his time with the Greens, either. The Bolton Wanderers player is keen to pass on his experiences to other young players in the dressing room, too.
"Each game you learn something new, and it's just all about experience," said Threlkeld.
"With the young ones coming through like Tyler Harvey, Ben Purrington, Ryan Lane and [Louis] Rooney, we can tell them what we've been through. Once they get through the games and are playing games, they'll get the experience as well."
By the time Oscar heads back to Bolton, he fully intends on helping Argyle secure promotion from Sky Bet League 2 – an accolade that he feels is the least the Green Army deserve for their unwavering support.
"You're never safe in the League 2 table," said Oscar. "You're only safe when you know it's coming down to the last couple of games and they can't get above you.
"It's always going to be an uphill battle: we're going to try and close down the points to Northampton. We're going to concentrate on our own game, win as many games as we can, and hopefully do it all for the fans."