Yeovil Town midfielder Stephen Maher looks as though he is going to turn down an opportunity to join Southern Premier League side Tiverton Town on loan, despite both managers being happy for the deal to go through.
The latest from Tivvy boss Martyn Rogers is that Maher believes he can challenge for a first team place at Huish Park and so does not want to head to Ladysmead:
"Nothing's been agreed and it's looking more doubtful. The lad's reluctant to come out because he thinks he has got a chance in the first team. Russell's going to speak to him and it depends on his reaction, but he's reluctant. It's a shame but elsewhere there are other players so I need to get my thinking cap on."
It may be that Maher's thinking has been swung by the long term injury to midfielder Gary Dempsey who looks unlikely to return until October, combined with the ongoing problems with Marc Bircham's hamstring. With those two missing, Maher will go flying up the pecking order and it could well be that the Irishman feels that now is not the right time to be leaving Huish Park. Aside from tomorrow's likely pairing of Anthony Barry and Lee Peltier, defender Matthew Rose is the only other first-teamer who could naturally slot into that position on the park.
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