Former Yeovil Town loanee Liam Shephard will be back in League Two for the 2018-19 season. After spending a year with League One side Peterborough United, the 23 year old former Swansea City academy graduate has signed for Forest Green Rovers on a two year deal, with the Gloucestershire side paying an undisclosed fee.
Shephard had made 30 appearances for Peterborough and was playing a full 90 minutes in their first team at the tail end of last season, and so his willingness to drop down a level is a bit of a surprise. However, with Posh under new first team management that may have been a factor in each party's thinking. Rovers boss Mark Cooper has said that he tried to get Shephard during the January transfer window, but when the right-back broke into Peterborough's first team, the deal fell through:
"It's a really good signing for us. We've had to be really patient. It's no secret we've been after a quality right-back after Dale Bennett left us after a lot of good years of service and we needed to fill that void with a real quality player. Liam was a regular in Peterborough's team last year, we tried to get him in January and nearly got there but through hard work we’ve managed to get him now. I think he knew how much we valued him and we think he is a really good footballer. He gets up and down the line, he can defend, he gets forward brilliantly and he's got good quality in the final third of the pitch."
Shephard had three loan spells at Huish Park, having been initially brought in by Gary Johnson in January 2015. Following Johnson's departure, he featured heavily under Terry Skiverton and Paul Sturrock before being brought back for two further loan spells under Darren Way. There were suggestions that the club were trying to bring him back for a fourth spell when Peterborough made their move last summer.
Link: Liam Shephard : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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