Further to Tuesday's (20th February) news that Yeovil Town had agreed a 93 day loan deal with Ipswich Town striker Darryl Knights, the paperwork has now been successfully lodged with the authorities this afternoon. Darryl will remain at Huish Park until the end of the season, including any theoretical playoff matches. Speaking to BBC Somerset Sound about the deal, manager Russell Slade said:
"Darryl was one of those who it was difficult to turn down really. He is a young player and financially it has not been a big gamble for us. But he has got great pedigree. He's played for England at Under 17 level and I think he had a game or two at Under 18 level as well. He is good striker with good movement. With a little bit of work, because he needs to get physically stronger, I think he can score goals in games. He's scored one or two goals during the brief time he has been here and in games that he has played him. At Cheltenham, I saw him play that night and he got a goal and could have got another. We think there is something there and we can now have a little bit of time to have a look at him and assess him."
The 18 year old is an academy graduate who was a member of their 2004-05 FA Youth Cup winning side.
He made his debut for the Tractor Boys as a substitute at Sunderland in November 2004, although that still stands as his one and only first team appearance for the Championship side. He signed his first professional contract for the club in May 2005.
Darryl has been a regular for England at youth level, having played for his country in the U17 European Championship qualifiers during the summer of 2005.
He has so far played in two competitive Yeovil Town Reserves matches, scoring one goal against Cheltenham Town Reserves, whilst his debut saw him win a penalty against Weymouth Reserves.
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