Yeovil Town loan signing Tommy Doherty is widely expected to go straight into the starting line-up at Saltergate today to try and give Yeovil Town's side some bite as they try and come back with some points from today's trip to Chesterfield.
'Doc' as he is known throughout the game, signed on loan for 31 days from Thursday, with a view to that period being extended if things work out. Speaking to the Western Daily Press he revealed that he had wasted no time in fitting in: "I've already had a training session with Yeovil and they have some good players from what I can tell. The main thing for me is to get playing football regularly again and start getting some sharpness back, something that is hard to do when you're playing reserve football."
Doherty was signed for his parent club QPR by former Bristol Rovers manager Ian Holloway who has since been fired and he said of his current situation in West London where he has just returned from an injury relating to a bruised shin: "It's been disappointing to see what's happened with Ian because he was the one who took me on. I've got two years after this one on my contract at QPR and the new gaffer (Gary Waddock) has told me I'm in his plans; it's just a case of getting games behind me. I've been back for three or four weeks now from the injury but the manager needs results fast and he's said he can't wait on my fitness just now, which is fair enough. We only decided last week I could go out on loan somewhere and my agent called me just before last weekend to tell me of Yeovil's interest and it's gone from there. I'm really looking forward to getting involved again and it's a convenient place for me too as I've continued to live in Bristol!"
The midfielder's last scheduled game will be against the club he started his career with and being resident in Bedminster he still has a strong affinity with Bristol City. But the realisation that he would be playing against his hometown club hadn't sunk in: "It didn't enter my head that I would be going back there until a mate text me on Wednesday night to say, 'Guess where you're going on April Fool's Day'! I knew straight away what he was hinting at and it's perhaps not an ideal game for me for sentimental reasons. But I'm not going to think about it now; that era's gone. I never wanted to leave City in the first place and everyone knows it; that was Brian Tinnion's decision. That's not to say I won't be giving my best, though, because I will in that game and over the next month."
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