Smalley on Parade

DEANE Smalley has joined Newport County on loan.

The forward, who has recently returned following a long injury lay-off, is moving to Rodney Parade until the end of the season. 

Smalley was injured in training in November 2014, having made 18 appearances for Argyle to that point, including five starts. The injury to his knee kept him out of football for almost exactly a year. Having built up his fitness via development football, Deane came on as a late substitute at Hartlepool on December 19 this season as the Pilgrims won 2-1 at Victoria Park. 

However, despite being a substitute in each game since, he has not being able to fight his way into a side that is top of the division and contains the likes of Reuben Reid, Ryan Brunt, Jake Jervis, Craig Tanner, Graham Carey and Gregg Wylde. 

Argyle have already faced Newport twice this season. The Exiles are now managed by former Argyle striker Warren Feeney, since ex-Pilgrims boss John Sheridan moved back to Oldham; a club, by quirk of coincidence, that Sheridan was at when he gave Smalley his league debut in 2007.

Good luck, Deano.