Derek Delighted Pair Will Stay

ARGYLE manager Derek Adams was glad to extend the loans of Craig Tanner and Oscar Threlkeld this week.

Both players have put pen to paper to extend their loan deals, with Tanner staying until the end of the season and Threlkeld at Home Park until April 9.

“The two of them are very good players; they come from good clubs,” said Derek.

“Both have them have done particularly well this season. Both clubs [Reading & Bolton] are happy for them to extend their stays here. It gives them valuable game time for their experience.

“Craig Tanner has scored a few good goals with us, he’s had assists and he’s really matured as a player since coming here. He’s been part of the success we’ve had.

“Oscar has been able to get into the team now and put in a lot of good performances. We would have [liked him to stay until the end of the season] but if you look at it he doesn’t miss many games at the end of the season. It gives him an opportunity to go back to Bolton and show what he can do there.”

Fellow summer loan signing Hiram Boateng has returned to Crystal Palace as his loan expired on January 2, but he is a player that Adams is keen to bring back to the Westcountry. 

“Crystal Palace wanted him back," said Derek. "Alan Pardew wanted to make him part of the first team squad.

“I’m still speaking to Mark Bright and Alan Pardew at Crystal Palace just to see the possibility of having him coming back to us.

“We’ve got a good relationship; we’ve taken Luke Croll and Hiram to Plymouth and we’ve looked after both players so I think Crystal Palace respect that.

“He’s done really well with us and we’re just looking at trying to extend that deal for the rest of the season."

A Pilgrim who will be returning to Home Park though is Lee Cox. Argyle’s midfield number seven has been on loan at Stevenage since November 26 but will return to Devon when his loan expires on January 14th.

“Lee [Cox] will return to us on Monday and come back to training. I think he is touch and go to be fit for Saturday’s game. His loan ends and then he’ll return to us. He’ll come back in and be part of the squad.

“He has enjoyed being at Stevenage and Teddy Sheringham has obviously enjoyed him being there as well."

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