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Adams Demands Purrington To Challenge For Starting Slot

Adams Demands Purrington To Challenge For Starting Slot

Plymouth Argyle manager Derek Adams has urged up and coming prospect Ben Purrington to push on and challenge for a regular place in the first-team this season.

The 20-year-old academy product is set to deputise for first choice left-back Gary Sawyer, who is likely to be ruled out of Argyle’s game against Cheltenham Town on Saturday because of a groin injury.

Purrington, who has made 43 senior appearances for the Pilgrims, made his debut back in December 2013 at the age of 17 in a 3-2 win at Oxford United, but has yet to earn an extended run as a starter in the side.

Having played 90 minutes in their 4-1 EFL Trophy victory over Newport County on Tuesday, Adams wants the 2013/14 League Two Apprentice of the Year nominee to stake a claim for a regular starting berth.

“It’s a big year for him,” Adams said. “He has got to hit the ground running now and really push Gary Sawyer for that left-back slot.

“I have spoken to him a number of times about that and being the best player in training so he can become a first-team regular.”

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