Proud Plymouth Boy

AS the Pilgrims prepare to pull on the famous shirt for the last time this season, you would struggle to find anyone prouder when they emerge from the tunnel on Saturday than Plymouth-born Lloyd Jones.

The centre back signed on loan for his boyhood club from Luton in January and feels the occasion means more to him because he was once a member of the Green Army as a youngster. 

Argyle welcome Scunthorpe to Home Park on Saturday and a win could secure our place in Sky Bet League One next season.

“It means a lot to me, I’m from Plymouth, I used to have a season ticket here,” said Lloyd. “I used to stand in the main stand, the likes of Paul Wotton played when we were in the Championship and it was really good to watch. It is big, the biggest game in my career so far.”

Lloyd was a product of our youth system and was sold to Liverpool when we suffered financial difficulties. His coach at that time was the man who will be standing on the sidelines on Saturday - Kevin Nancekivell - a man whom Lloyd believes has had a huge impact on his career.

“I know Kev [Nancekivell] and have done for years, so Saturday will be big for him. In the back of my mind, I’ll be wanting to do it for him as well,“ said the defender. 

“I would say he has probably been one of the biggest influences on my career. When I’ve been down, he’s kept me up and when I’ve been up, he’s kept me on neutral. He has been massive for me.“

In terms of the game itself, Lloyd knows just how important it is to get a positive result. He made it clear he is ready to go one more round on Saturday.

“It’s a really important game, as it decides what league we’re in next year,” he said. “We are obviously going out to win it, so will Scunthorpe and that adds a bit of spice to the game. We obviously can’t control other results, so Saturday is massive.“