Young Players Need Experience

By: Steve Sutcliffe |
20/08/09 |
Ben Gerring | Joe Mason | Ryan Brett

Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock is keen to ship the younger members of his squad out on loan to gain valuable experience.

The success enjoyed by 19 year old Ashley Barnes since returning from his loan spell at Eastbourne Borough last Christmas is evidence enough for Sturrock to pursue a similar route for the latest young crop.

Sturrock is now exploring loan options for the likes of Ben Gerring, Joe Mason, Liam Head, Ryan Brett and Damien McCrory – all home-grown players.

“I have had a word with several of my players about their availability to go out on loan, especially the young ones, as well as McCrory,” said the Argyle Manager.

“The benefits shown by Barnsey means it is vitally important these players go out for development.”

Former ASE Apprentice Damien McCrory agreed a new one-year deal with the Pilgrims this summer.

Having risen through the ranks at Home Park, McCrory signed his first professional contract in July 2008 after impressing in the Youth team’s FA Youth Cup run.

Striker Joe Mason and defenders Ryan Brett and Ben Gerring (pictured above) also joined Sturrock’s squad this summer when the trio penned professional contracts at the end of their Apprenticeships.