ACE BEN STAY­ING WITH US – ADAMS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Ben Baker

PLY­MOUTH Ar­gyle boss Derek Adams wel­comes in­ter­est in tal­ented left­back Ben Pur­ring­ton – but in­sists he’s not leav­ing.

The Pil­grims academy grad­u­ate, 20, has im­pressed since re­plac­ing Gary Sawyer, but is now side­lined with a thigh in­jury.

He signed his first pro­fes­sional deal with the club in May 2013, mak­ing his first-team de­but against Ox­ford United seven months later.

There is in­ter­est from sev­eral Cham­pi­onship clubs, it’s be­lieved, but Adams says the de­fender could not be at a bet­ter club to aid his de­vel­op­ment.

“It’s al­ways nice to see your play­ers at­tracted to other clubs,” said Adams.

“These clubs track a lot of play­ers and Ben has good ex­pe­ri­ence at left­back. He played 15 games on the trot be­fore his in­jury.

“He’s made more than 45 ap­pear­ances for the club at such a young age.

“I’m sure there will be in­ter­est in him. He is show­ing that he can play at this level.”

TAL­ENT: Ben Pur­ring­ton

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