Given the block on incoming players except to cover for injuries, it is probably fairly academic, but Middlesbrough manager Gareth Southgate has confirmed that central defender Rhys Williams will not be coming to Huish Park for the foreseeable future.
Williams came on as a substitute for Boro during the second half of the midweek Carling Cup match against the Glovers and that is in effect what has scuppered any fading chances manager Russell Slade might have had of signing him - Williams has done too well and Boro do not want him to go out on loan. Southgate explained the situation:
"I know that Russ has been tracking him for quite a while, but unfortunately for him he has had an outstanding pre-season and he has ended up being in our first-team squad. I think he has also just been called into the full Welsh squad, or he is certainly on standby for their games next month. His progress has sort of ruled that out, really, for the time being. We are aware that they would love to take him, but the list of admirers is growing and he has done himself the world of good here during pre-season."
Southgate also praised the attitude and the style of play that Yeovil have adopted, explaining that he had already seen the club's First Round victory over Charlton Athletic and so he knew what to expect on the night:
"We saw the tapes of their game against Charlton and their game against Leeds at the weekend, and the great thing is that they try and play football the right way. It was a shame for them that they lost their two wide players (Aidan Downes and Danny Schofield) at the weekend, which had a big impact on the team, but they caught us at a bad time, really, because everything that we are doing is really positive. It is a huge step and to come away from home at this stage of the season is tough, but they kept trying to do the right things, they got the goal which is obviously a great memory for the lad that got it (Gavin Tomlin) and I am sure they will continue to do well in their division, which is their priority."
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