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Ardley's loanee update

No decisions made on trio

23 December 2020

Neal Ardley would like to keep all of his current loanees at the club but says any extensions would need to be mutually beneficial.

Matty Wolfe, Sam Graham and Tom Walker’s loan deals all expire in January and the boss says nothing has been decided on their immediate futures.

“It’s got to be a two-way thing,” said Ardley. “The player’s got to want to be here and we’ve got to be happy with what they’re doing.

“Their attitudes are all fantastic, so I would like to keep them here, but I wouldn’t want to do that if the parent club or player was unhappy with their game time.

“We’re looking at what part they’re going to play over Christmas because there might come a point where you can’t get them game time and they realise they’re better off going back to their club. On the other hand, it might be that they’re playing regularly and their club is really happy.

“Let’s get through these next three games, then we’ll take a deep breath and see where we go from there.”

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Wolfe caught the eye with a solid performance in our Buildbase FA Trophy victory at Morpeth on Saturday, his first start for the club.

And, while he’s found opportunities hard to come by at Meadow Lane so far, Ardley believes the move has still been beneficial for him.

“Wolfey’s grown as a player massively in his time here,” said the boss. “Training with Michael Doyle, Jake Reeves and Jim O’Brien has raised his standards.

“I don’t think we’d have got the performance we saw at Morpeth in the first week or two of him arriving at the club, but he’s certainly given me food for thought as to what part he might play over this Christmas period.”

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