Happy With Harry
ARGYLE manager Derek Adams believes it was worth the work to sign new goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne.
On June 16, Burgoyne linked up with Argyle and signed for us on loan for the season. Adams admitted he has had his eye on Burgoyne for a while and is now happy that the young Wolverhampton prospect is a Pilgrim for the 2018-19 season.
“We’ve had an eye on him," said Derek. “We did a bit of work to do it but they’ve been looking to get him out on loan. They treat him highly; they played him in the first team last season. He played against Liverpool in the FA Cup; he played in the league as well."
Harry has played 90 minutes so far during pre-season for the Greens and is yet to concede. His first 45 minutes came in a 4-2 win over Plymouth Parkway on Saturday with the two goals for Parkway coming in the second half after Burgoyne was substituted. His second 45 minutes came in Tuesday night’s 6-0 victory over Torpoint Athletic. Both games the England U21 keeper has featured in he has been untroubled and has had little work to do.
However, Adams has hinted that Burgoyne is not going to be just handed the shirt, he will have to fight for his place in the starting 11. The manager has said that Burgoyne has some healthy competition with Michael Cooper and Kyle Letheren to be on the team sheet. The Pilgrims’ boss also added that he has not made a certain decision on who is going to start in goal yet as it is still early in the pre-season.
Last season, the Greens had a large list of injuries to their goalkeepers and started off slowly, but managed to turn things around to finish seventh, narrowly missing out on a play-off place. However, with the new goalkeeper coming in along with several more signings, Argyle are looking for a quicker start to their campaign and are targeting for a higher finish this season.
“I think that himself and Kyle have good competition, and Michael Cooper as well comes through the ranks,” Derek said. “I haven't made that choice at this moment in time, but we’ve got three goalkeepers fighting for that position."