Glovers boss Steve Thompson has been commenting on the rash of new signings taken on in the run-up to the closure of the transfer window last night, explaining what each individual player will bring to the existing squad, as well as bemoaning those that got away - and he has hinted that he might well go back for one of those in the summer.
Speaking to the club's official site Thommo began by praising former Accrington midfielder Anthony Barry: "We have been looking for a player who is a passer in midfield, kind of in the Lee Johnson mode," he said. "Anthony is only 19 and we are hoping he will have an immediate impact, he is certainly a good passer of the ball. We are hoping we may have found another Lee Johnson." No pressure there then!
Regarding the 11th hour signing of former Derby defender Jamie Vincent Thommo said: "Jamie is an experienced defender with lots of qualities. He has played for some big clubs, including Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, Walsall, Bournemouth and Portsmouth. He is still only 30 and we are hoping his experience and quality will prove invaluable in the coming four months."
Gavin McCallum is of course a familiar figure to regular reserve/youth team watchers and his consistently good performances had earned him a contract. "Gavin has been here for over a year now, he has worked very hard and has progressed as much, if not more, than any of Stuart Housley's youth team," said Thompson. "He has been getting man of the match nearly every game and we are pleased to have signed him on an 18 month contract."
The club had brought in Bradley Thomas as a player to develop, Thommo explained: "Bradley has come in following the departure of Luke Oliver to Stevenage Borough. We heard that he was available and we believe that with full time training he can improve and push for a place in the team."
There were disappointments yesterday as well. Chester City rebuffed the Glovers undisclosed offer for midfielder Ben Davies as 'derisory' but with the player out of contract in the summer and available for free under the Bosman ruling Thompson has hinted that a satisfactory outcome there may have been delayed rather than prevented by Chester's rejection of the Yeovil offer. The main disappointment however was the abrupt about turn of Wolves defender Keith Lowe,who had agreed a 3 month loan deal at Huish Park only to change his mind at the 11th hour, preferring to head to Queens Park Rangers instead.
"I thought we had done a deal with Keith Lowe but at the very last moment he choose to go to QPR." Thommo explained. "Jean Cotton (club secretary) was doing the paper work at the time. I was really disappointed as we had watched Keith play for Wolves against WBA and he played well. When we found out we could have him on loan we jumped at the chance. Unfortunately we lost out to QPR but I can do nothing about that now."
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