The Wey Forward
DEREK Adams is pleased to have navigated through Argyle's final pre-season game before heading overseas with a near-fully-fit squad.
The Greens drew 1-1 with Weymouth in Dorset - a 53rd-minute goal from Jordan Slew cancelled out seven minutes later by Chris Shephard's penalty - as all 20 of the players set to be a part of the club's tour of the Netherlands were given time on the pitch.
"There wasn't much in the game," said Derek. "We obviously had opportunities.
"It was a difficult surface to play on, but we got what we wanted to get out of it - which was the players getting some match time before we're away tomorrow. It was always going to be difficult because we've made so many changes. We've played a lot of games in a short space of time.
"We've come here, we've got all the players some part in the game - 20 players today. We're happy with that; no injuries, we're looking good, so we've got 20 going to Holland tomorrow."
Not travelling on the tour is Karleigh Osborne, who continues his recovery from an injury setback picked up on Argyle's first pre-season game against St Blazey. Adams will instead take young defender Jordan Bentley, as Osborne looks to make a full recovery back in Plymouth.
"Jordan's going instead of Karleigh Osborne," confirmed Derek. "I've left Karleigh behind because he's still got a bit of work to do after his setback, and I wanted to take as many fit players as I possibly can.
"We're looking to the West Brom game, and then looking to the Luton game. He's with the physios next week, and he's at MarJon University working there on the gravity machine, getting his fitness back that way."
When asked whether Karleigh could feature in the opening game of the season, Derek said: "Probably highly unlikely at this stage. He'll be back in training soon, but I think it'll be difficult for him to start the game against Luton."
While Osborne is temporarily separated from the Argyle camp, one player looking to further embed himself into Derek's setup is David Fox. The boss believes his latest signing adds a few much-needed qualities to his side's engine room.
"David just gives us a wee bit of experience in the middle of the pitch," said Adams. "He's 32, he's played in a lot of games in his career, he's a central midfield player and likes to get on the ball and move it. He talks and organises as well, and I think that'll be important as the season goes on.
"You always need a player who is able to tick the ball over, able to pick the simple pass quickly and effectively, and he's done that for the majority of his career. He looks to play forward as well. He's not scared to take the ball anywhere on the pitch and retain possession. When you've got that, it can obviously help the creativity that we've got in our side."