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Team news: Loan signings vying for home debuts v Shrewsbury

Manager ready to pitch in new recruits on Saturday

12 September 2019

Wally Downes said that our three new signings are all in contention to face Shrewsbury on Saturday.

Marcus Forss, Max Sanders (pictured), and Ryan Delaney could all make their home debuts after making favourable impressions upon the manager since signing here.

“I have no qualms about putting any of the three loan boys in,” said Wally. “Ryan started last week and the other boys have played themselves into contention during the week. Max got a whack to the knee and I thought at the time that it might be ligaments because I didn’t see the impact. It was a hard bang on the knee and the bruising has come out. Today was the first time that we had got him back out there.

“There will be some players disappointed this week, but I’ve been saying to them all the time that it’s a squad game nowadays. The ones that are in the squad have got to be supportive of those that are in the team. With the ones that aren’t even in the squad I expect them to keep the training sessions at a level of intensity and quality that we need. Just because you are not in one week it doesn’t mean to say that you are not going to be able to make a comeback in a couple of weeks. It’s my job to keep everybody happy and keep it done fairly, always with the best intentions for the team.”

Though Anthony Wordsworth made good progress earlier this week by featuring in a development match, Wally added that it’s too soon for his return.

“He keeps telling me he’s ready, but we played on quite a good pitch in the week against Swindon reserves and he felt his Achilles a little bit so he came off and we managed that. I played him at centre-back because I though there would be less contact for him, as opposed to playing in midfield, in his first game back. He was fine with it and he’s trained today. I took him out of an 11 v 11, which I thought could be involve contact on his shoulder. He is saying to me that he’s ready to go into the full-blooded training sessions. We will do that from tomorrow and certainly from Monday next week.”

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