CRAIG Tanner’s decision to extend his loan at Argyle was down to a commitment to continue helping the club, as the club helps him in return.
The Reading starlet re-signed with the Pilgrims shortly after the end of his initial loan deal at Home Park, meaning the 21-year old will remain with Argyle for the duration of the season.
As part of a successful, positive dressing room, Tanner is flourishing and enjoying the best form of his career, making his decision to remain in the Westcountry an easy one to make, as he aims to finish what he started with the Greens.
“I’m happy," said Tanner. "It’s something I wanted because I started something here. I think the team’s doing really well and I want to continue helping and really continue with the promotion push, because it’s looking well at the moment.
“I think it’s been a really successful loan. I think I’ve got four goals and six assists. My target was to contribute to ten goals, no matter which way it was, until the end of my loan. Luckily I got the assist for [Ryan] Brunty’s goal, so my next target is to do that again, replicate it and hopefully have more, so I can show I’ve had a better second half to the season.
“Things can change, but overall I’m very happy being here, because I think I’m benefiting the team, and they’re benefiting me. I’m over the moon to be able to extend it [the loan] and hopefully continue what we started.”
Tanner’s talents have been at the forefront of Argyle’s plans more and more during the course of the campaign, as the youngster improves as a player with every game and adds more strings to his bow as a footballer. He admits that there are areas in which he is looking to improve.
“I think it’s more of the subtle things: how to see out a game, probably my defensive positioning,” said Craig.
“There’s scenarios in a game where normally in under-21 football, no matter what, you try and play out from the back, but now you might see me kicking one long every now and again and following my own pass. Sometimes you’ve got to hit the corner flags. I think I’ve learnt that, and I’ve learnt how to get us up the pitch at times to relieve pressure on the defence.
“It’s just the mentality of winning every game when there’s things on the line, and how to influence the game in my own way, which I think I’m doing in each game.”