Yeovil Town first year professional Rhys Baggridge's loan move to Southern League side Weymouth came about following a recommendation from his former boss. Poole Town manager Tom Killick, who was in charge of the 19 year old over a 15 game period, was impressed enough with his play to suggest that he was capable of playing in the division above the Dolphins.
Yesterday, Baggridge joined the Terras on loan, teaming up with Lewis Clarke, who is also being borrowed by the Dorset side. Boss Brendon King has drafted him in after he lost two defenders to head injuries at a time when Clarke is also sidelined with a knee problem. Speaking to the Dorset Echo, he said his move was as a direct result of the double injury:
"It is a monthís loan and we are looking forward to working with him (Rhys) after having received such good reports from Tommy Killick at Poole Town, who told me last week if we get a chance to take him then do it. Poole did not want to lose him but his three months was up. At that time, I didnít really need anyone but with what happened to (defenders) Ben (Gerring) and Sam (Poole) at the weekend things have changed."
King added that his contact with the Glovers had actually come before the problems with Gerring and Poole, having had a call from first team coach Darren Way. With Baggridge unable to stay at Poole any longer, after he reached the 93 day limit allowed for 'emergency' loans, King explained that Darren was looking to push the former Youth Team captain up another level to see how he coped:
"Darren Way also spoke to me last week and asked if there was any way I could take Rhys. Darren is on the coaching staff up at Yeovil and he told me they want the lad to kick on now to the next level. There is no doubt this deal has come at the right time and I have been told he has a fantastic attitude too, so he should have no problem slotting in for us ahead of some big games coming up."
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