The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Joe Leavey

DAR­REN Way has dipped his toes in the trans­fer mar­ket to bol­ster his Yeovil squad in the race to beat the drop, bring­ing in young­sters Josh Grant and Alex Do­bre for the re­main­der of the sea­son.

The League Two out­fit were perched per­ilously on the fringes of the rel­e­ga­tion zone ahead of this week­end’s ac­tion, three points ahead of Macclesfield and Notts County.

And Way there­fore leapt at the chance when he found out that Chelsea Un­der-23 cap­tain Grant was avail­able for a short­term deal.

“Josh is pow­er­ful, ath­letic and has a good per­son­al­ity,” said Way.

“This is a great op­por­tu­nity for him to get reg­u­lar first-team foot­ball and I’m pleased to have brought him in.”

The 20-year-old of­fers a sturdy pres­ence across the back four, with ex­pe­ri­ence lift­ing sil­ver­ware at both do­mes­tic and in­ter­na­tional level, FA Youth Cup and Un­der-19s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship win­ners’ medals glis­ten­ing in his cab­i­net.

Along with Grant, Way has also seen fit to add to his at­tack­ing op­tions, bring­ing in Do­bre from Bournemouth – a Ro­ma­nian Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional – as the Glovers look for a boost in front of goal.

The winger, 20, joins for his third loan spell away from the Cher­ries, hav­ing turned out for Bury and Rochdale last sea­son.

Do­bre had signed a new deal with Ed­die Howe’s side in May and fea­tured for the Cher­ries dur­ing pre-sea­son.

But Way ad­mit­ted that se­cur­ing the star­let’s sig­na­ture hadn’t been easy go­ing as in­ter­est stirred.

“It’s taken a lot of hard work and con­sid­er­a­tion from AFC Bournemouth to get this deal over the line,” said Way.

“I’d like to thank Ed­die Howe for al­low­ing an in­ter­na­tional tal­ent to con­tinue his de­vel­op­ment with us.”

CHANCE: Josh Grant

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