In the Shake Up
ARGYLE outlasted other interested parties to sign Daniel Nardiello on loan, and the striker sees his decision to join the Greens as a “no-brainer.”
The 33 year-old has arrives at Home Park from Bury, after the Shakers’ form and injuries of his own limited Nardiello’s chances to play at Gigg Lane this season.
“I wasn’t playing at Bury,” said Daniel. “The team were doing well, and I needed to get back playing some football.
“I’ve had two back injuries which is a bit unfortunate. Although they weren’t serious injuries, because it’s your back it takes a while to go. I was out for a while but I could do stuff that kept me fit, so I’m raring to go now. I feel great. I’ve trained a lot so I need to get some game time; once I get involved in a few games I’ll be flying.”
Bury’s top striker for the past two seasons was a target for multiple clubs, but after talks with a member of the League 1 club’s coaching staff, the decision to move down the south west became an easy one for Daniel to make.
“I had a phone call off of [Bury assistant manager] Chris Brass last week, saying that Plymouth had expressed an interest,” said Nardiello.
“Obviously when the gaffer, Derek Adams, enquired about me it was a no-brainer to play some football at a team that’s pushing for promotion in League 2. He [Brass] told me that he’d played with the gaffer before, and what a top bloke he was and how successful he’s been in his career as a manager to date.
“There was a couple of other clubs that showed an interest, but I decided to come down to Plymouth, play some games and be part of another promotion.
“It’s a huge club – it wasn’t too long ago that I think I played in the Championship [against Argyle]. It’s a big club with lots of potential and a good fan-base. Everything seems to be going in the right direction.”
Nardiello joins a squad that holds plenty of talent, instead of depth, and with the likes of Reuben Reid, Ryan Brunt and Jake Jervis to both work and contend with, the forward knows how hard he will have to work to be regular first-team player.
“I know it’s not going to be easy to nail down a place in the team straight away,” said Daniel. "We’ve got a good set of strikers here, and it’s good to have competition, especially at this stage of the season.
“I want to play games, and I’ll be doing my utmost to get in the starting 11, but I’ll have to work hard to get my place.”