Yeovil Town manager Terry Skiverton has said that his plans to sign a central defender on loan - due to be announced today - do not centre around an experienced player. Skiverton states that the player concerned is due to arrive as 'cover' and talks of the player gaining experience of playing first team football, pointing to a player at the same stage of his career as Jonathan Obika, Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker.
Skiverton explained that the incoming player would be acting as back-up to current first choice pairing Terrell Forbes and Steven Caulker but that he expected the new loan player to get some experience during his time at Huish Park:
"He'll be coming in as cover. If we keep winning and doing well then the centre-half will come in and get a little bit of experience of playing a few games. If we are struggling and do go on a bit of a bad run, then he might get in through default as well."
The Yeovil boss said that whilst he didn't know what the player's future contract status was likely to be that he would use the loan spell as a good opportunity to see how the player performed:
"It's someone who we are looking to bring in, and maybe to make a signing at the end of the season as well. We don't know what the parent club is thinking at the moment. I don't know the situation regarding him at his parent club so all I know is that it's a player that I'm looking to take on loan until the end of the season. We've had it with Shaun (MacDonald) where he'll be going back and discussing new contracts there. With the type of player that he is, I think they'll be offering him a new contract, but in this world you never know."
Skiverton has said previously that he had watched the central defender in a behind closed door game in London. One such candidate would be Arsenal Reserves and their game against Colorado Rapids. In that match, the four centre-backs used were Luke Ayling, Ignasi Miquel, Daniel Boateng and Rhema Obed. Saturday's BBC radio coverage also suggested the defender came from either a top four Premier League side, or one of the 'big four' sides. Given the match took place in London, again Arsenal would look a strong possibility, with Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur other candidates.
Meanwhile, further to Saturday's post-match interview, Skiverton said that he would ponder the question of whether to bring in another midfield loan, having lost Gavin Williams to suspension, and Ryan Mason who has returned to Tottenham. The Yeovil boss told the Western Daily Press that when he signed Gavin, he also had a second option on the table:
"We've got another target that was very close if Gavin hadn't come through. So we may pursue that and we may not. I can't say too much on it at the moment."
Link: Skivo's Verdict On The Hartlepool Game.
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