The Football League Paper - - NEWS - By Dan Barnes

MARK Warburton has ruled out any chance of bring­ing back Jorge Grant from his loan in January, de­spite his good form for Notts County.

The highly-rated 23year-old mid­fielder has al­ready racked up 11 goals in League Two for For­est’s city ri­vals, lead­ing to spec­u­la­tion that he could re­turn to the City Ground.

How­ever, Warburton be­lieves Grant’s re­cent form is proof of the ben­e­fits of a loan spell and has no plans to bring him back.

He said: “The first thing to say is that Jorge is ben­e­fit­ting from the loan and Notts County are ben­e­fit­ting from it and from his per­for­mances. That is the first point.

“Se­condly, he would have to come back here and be bet­ter than Daryl Mur­phy, bet­ter than Tyler Walker, bet­ter than Ben Br­ere­ton, Jamie Ward, Apos­to­los Vel­lios, Bar­rie McKay and all the other play­ers in the squad.

“And we do have good op­tions. We have qual­ity at­tack­ing op­tions.

“So do you bring a player back to sit on the bench or just to be in the squad, or do you let him play and de­velop?

“It is a big jump in level as well. Have no doubt about that.

“All thought is al­ways given to what we can do with loan play­ers, but it has to be ap­pro­pri­ate and it is all about the player’s devel­op­ment.

“It is ab­so­lutely the right place for him to stay.

“He is play­ing, he is get­ting pitch time. He has gone out of the club to get that time.”

Mean­while, Warburton is hope­ful For­est will be able to keep 20year-old mid­fielder Kieran Dow­ell, who is on loan from Ever­ton, de­spite the change of man­age­ment at Good­i­son Park.

He added: “I don’t think the change in man­ager there will change any­thing. I cer­tainly hope it won’t.

“They have a vastly ex­pe­ri­enced man­ager go­ing in there, in Sam (Al­lardyce).”

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