OS­CAR’S ACADEMY DAYS ARE OVER AT AR­GYLE

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jamie Holt

PLY­MOUTH AR­GYLE boss Derek Adams has fi­nally got his man af­ter his long pur­suit of Os­car Threlkeld ended on Thurs­day, with the midfielder pen­ning a loan deal with the League Two club.

Adams ini­tially showed an in­ter­est in Threlkeld back in July, but the move was de­layed when the Bolton man picked up an in­jury in pre-sea­son.

The Ply­mouth new boy re­turned to ac­tion for Wan­der­ers’ Un­der-21 side when they drew 1-1 with Birm­ing­ham City at the Macron Sta­dium on Mon­day, prompt­ing Adams to make a move.

The 21-year-old will of­fer Adams some much-needed op­tions: he can op­er­ate ei­ther on the right hand side of mid­field or in de­fence.

Threlkeld will stay with Ply­mouth un­til Jan­uary 2, but Adams is hop­ing to keep the young­ster for the sea­son if the move is a suc­cess.

Threlkeld had been lined up for a sea­son-long loan deal un­til he was in­jured dur­ing Wan­der­ers’ tour to Aus­tria in July.

Adams said: “I had spo­ken to Neil Len­non about that and it was a pos­si­bil­ity, but he picked up a slight in­jury and that de­layed things.

“He can play in de­fence or mid­field, so he cov­ers both ar­eas, which is im­por­tant in a tight squad.

“He has Cham­pi­onship ex­pe­ri­ence from last sea­son and we just wanted to add to the play­ers we have.”

Threlkeld will wear the num­ber 26 shirt and went straight into Ar­gyle’s squad for the visit of New­port County to Home Park.

Adams will hope Threlkeld can em­u­late the suc­cess of Andy Kel­lett, who made a loan move from Bolton to Ar­gyle last sea­son.

Kel­lett, also 21, put in some im­pres­sive per­for­mances for the Pil­grims at left wing-back dur­ing a three­month stint at Home Park. And on the back of those dis­played he se­cured a loan move to Manch­ester United, who needed some left-sided re­in­force­ments in their de­vel­op­ment squad.

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