Argyle won their final pre-season friendly this evening, running out 1-0 winners over Saltash United at the Kimberley Stadium. The Pilgrims put out a strong first XI, probably similar to the one that will start against Shrewsbury on Saturday, with Tom Hitchcock playing as lone frontman in front of a central midfield three made up of Conor Hourihane, Simon Walton and Carl Fletcher. Hitchcock scored the only goal of the came, heading home from a Luke Daley cross. The report is now up on the official site.
The Herald reported this morning that trialists Joe Holt, Joseph Mendes and Nikolaj Misiuk have all been told that they won't be offered contracts at Home Park, while the official site announced that (prospective loanee) Ben Gibson and Northern Ireland international Warren Feeney had arrived for trials. It came as something of a surprise, therefore, to see Mendes come off the bench for Argyle at the Kimberley this evening, while Feeney was nowhere to be seen. Presumably all will become clear over the next 24 hours.
The takeover saga has taken another, not together all surprising, turn as Brendan Guilfoyle has admitted to the local press that Kevin Heaney's 'consortium' requires another property deal to reach completion before 'they' can supply the cash to buy Argyle. Who'd have thought it, eh? Not to worry though, as Brenda has heard the vertically-challenged Truro City chairman has other funding routes if needed. So that's all right then, nothing to worry about. If that wasn't enough good news, former Trust chair Graham Clark has revealed on PASOTI that the exclusivity agreement can be extended indefinitely. Wonderful.
Meanwhile, the Trust/Brent/Green Taverners 'Rescue Plan' has been renamed the 'Contingency Plan'. All the parties, with the exception of Plymouth City Council, met again today and released a draft manifesto via PASOTI, which outlines their values, beliefs, etc.
It's been confirmed that Shaun Reid has joined the coaching staff. Adam Sadler has left the club to go and join the youth set-up at Manchester City.
Finally, you can read a 200 word preview of Argyle's prospects for the new season (or, more precisely, 150 words on the financial situation and 50 words on the 2011/12 campaign) on the website of the Guardian. Written by yours truly. Oh yes.
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