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Labadie’s Chance To Shine

5 April 2013

Midfielder Joss Labadie may be handed the chance to continue his good run of form this weekend.

Labadie has spent the last month on loan with npower League 2 outfit Torquay United and impressed enough to earn a call-up to the County ranks. 

The former Tranmere Rovers ball-winner scored four goals in seven appearances for the Gulls and was awarded their Player of the Month award for March.

With Alan Judge suspended for two games, first team manager Chris Kiwomya made the move to bring Labadie back to Meadow Lane. 

The 22-year-old hopes to be named in the starting 11 for the trip to AFC Bournemouth so that he can attempt to make a name for himself in the black and white stripes. 

In regards to fans’ tweets calling for him to return to the club, he told Magpie Player: “I didn’t even know the they knew who I was but it’s nice to feel loved!

“I felt that I had a bit to prove [going out on loan] because I’ve not done anything this season and I don’t think the fans have seen anything near what I can do. 

“There’s been a bit of frustration really because all I’ve wanted to do, like any footballer, is play football all season and I don’t think I was given the opportunity. 

“Chris gave me the opportunity by allowing me to go down to Torquay, it’s something I really enjoyed and hopefully I’ve shown everyone what I’m capable of. 

“It’s great to be back home and I’m looking forward to the remaining for games.

“It could put me in good stead for next season and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

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