Manager Dave Mehew has bolstered his attacking options with first year professional Lewis Ellington joining from Bristol Rovers on a three month loan.
“ I’ve seen Lewis down the years and he has that knack of scoring goals. He also has clever movement and a good work ethic. All young pro’s, I believe, need to be playing competitive football and most pro clubs now seem to be getting their kids out whatever the level is. Lewis will benefit from waking up on a Saturday and having a match to prepare for.
I’ve got to know under 23’s manager Chris Hargreaves in his short time at Rovers and he was keen for him to gain experience with us , and we thank him for that of course. There has to be a balance of how many loans you have and players that want to be at our club long term, so we have to get that right from a dressing room point of view. But if they can help improve the team especially early on then great!
Lincoln City, albeit the top of the Non league tree last year, I was amazed to hear had about nine loanee’s in their team and won it. So it’s all about when you do get them in , they being the right character and buying into us as that will help their careers going forward. I once had Ollie Clarke as a youngster on loan from The Gas. It wasn’t a great month he had due to illness for a couple of the weeks and that knocked him sideways but I hope it helped in some way and now look at him - a Rover’s stalwart. Hopefully we can put Lewis on that path and any others we take.
We’re still looking at two other players and we will know more on those after the weekend as a depleted squad take to the M4 for the trip to Banbury United. The game needs to be played as a couple need the match fitness.
A lot of clubs have called games off with I hear, 2 or 3 missing. We did this for Bitton as it was six out and we would have had Steve Phillips and two others injured after the announcement. Steve is out on Saturday purely as a precaution, but will be fit for the season starter against Salisbury FC
Interesting comments by Boris regarding Ollie Clarke. You may recall, he was here at Mangotsfield on loan in 2010/11, and had a successful spell, scoring 3 times in 14(1) appearances.
Updated 19:01 - 4 Aug 2017 by Bob Smale