THE sight of Tom Purrington on the Argyle bench in Saturday’s 3-3 draw with Bradford in Sky Bet League One must have been a proud moment for all his family.
Top of that pride list would be older brother Ben, who broke through into the Argyle first-team five years ago and impressed so much that he earned a move to the Championship with Rotherham United.
Tom is still at the very beginning of his journey but he shares the excellent attitude of his brother, and will be leaning on Ben for extra advice.
“He [Purrington] has performed well in the games that I’ve seen and it was to give him that boost, as well as showing the others you will get the opportunity if you do well,” said Argyle boss Derek Adams.
“He is a centre-midfield player. He has played at right-back and centre-back, but we see him as a centre-midfielder. They [Tom and Ben] are very good young professionals, they don’t cause any bother. They’re both quiet but will get stuck in as well.
“It definitely [helps to have a brother in the game]. He’s able to speak to Ben, who is at Wimbledon now on loan from Rotherham, and ask things about our training and the things I like in a player.”