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Drinan's Sutton Loan Ended
Monday, 26th Nov 2018 14:53

Town have confirmed that striker Aaron Drinan's loan spell with Vanarama National League side Sutton United has been ended early.

Sutton head coach Ian Baird explained why the spell had been cut short: "Aaron Drinan went back to Ipswich, we spoke to Paul Lambert on Thursday.

"We felt we needed to freshen things up after the penalty defeat against Slough, not only the penalty defeat to Slough, our goals for and the chances that we're not creating so we had to do something.

"That stats say Aaron's scored one goal in 19, albeit he did very, very well here work-wise and he's a good young professional, so we had to make that difficult decision."

Drinan, who is in the Blues U23s side playing at Millwall this afternoon, made 12 starts and 11 sub appearances for Sutton in all competitions having joined them in August following a trial, with his only goal having come in the 2-1 FA Cup victory over Wealdstone.

The Cork-born striker was due to remain on loan at Gander Green Lane until January.

The 20-year-old, who joined Town from Waterford in January, was on the Town first-team bench on five occasions last season but without making it on to the field.

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Len_Brennan added 15:22 - Nov 26
Has given no indication that he is up to playing Championship level football as yet, but I guess it's worth Lambert's time having a close look at a centre forward that can be available to him (presumably?).
Roberts has certainly done his best, but his skill set is not a match for the type of presence we need up front, that the 3 behind can feed off most effectively. Maybe an option to throw on for the last 15 minutes when chasing a goal.

ArnieM added 15:26 - Nov 26
Maybe it’s cover because Lankester now likely to play senior footie ?

Radlett_blue added 15:31 - Nov 26
I goal in 12 starts & 11 sub appearances - we must be desperate, especially with Harrison nearing a return.
Could just be cover with 7 games coming up in the next 4 and a half weeks.

Nazemariner added 15:37 - Nov 26
Who's injured now?

ScottCandage added 15:39 - Nov 26
Arnie, I was just coming in here to write just that. PL seems to love Jack (really, who doesn't?), and now Drinan will take Jack's place in the yoofs.

itfcgene added 16:03 - Nov 26
Prolly just not working out for him there. Better to be home with his broskis.

BobbyBell added 16:05 - Nov 26
How about getting Emmanuelle back here? Spense has been awful.

Hurstsbluearmy added 16:19 - Nov 26
I think it more likely Sutton cut the spell short. They've been struggling for goals and Aaron hasn't really looked like changing this (I watch Sutton regularly). He looks way off championship level at the moment in truth.

Bergholtblue added 16:53 - Nov 26
It appears more that Sutton sent him back rather than we recalled him.

A good spell in the U23's may be just what he needs, to start to take stock of where he is and where he wants to be.

SpiritOfJohn added 17:33 - Nov 26
@BobbyBell, Emmanuelle might be good for morale but I don't think the WAGs would be keen ;)

Mark added 17:44 - Nov 26
"We felt we needed to freshen things up after the penalty defeat against Slough, not only the penalty defeat to Slough, our goals for and the chances that we're not creating so we had to do something."

Sutton had to do something, so sent Drinan back?! That doesn't bode well for his future if a National League team don't want him.

WoodfordTim added 18:13 - Nov 26
MM spoke highly of this young man when he signed him. Hope he makes progress. Desperately need reinforcements up front. Meanwhile I see that Jack Marriott is doing well for Derby. Waghorn seems to be mainly on the bench at the moment.

PositivelyPortman added 18:42 - Nov 26
I recall MM saying that he was going to be the new Murphy, and that he was putting senior pros on their arses in training......


Popeye added 19:30 - Nov 26
He would be better off plying his trade in U23’s but I don’t understand why we don’t have a formal arrangement with Col U to send players out on loan there to get competitive games under their belts. Surely it’s a good deal for both parties?

BotesdaleBlue added 20:11 - Nov 26
He has a contract for Town which runs until 2021, a year longer than Lankaster!! He must have impressed MM that's all I can say!!

Taricco_Fan added 20:26 - Nov 26
1 in 19 in the Conference.

Enough said.

jas0999 added 20:48 - Nov 26
Clearly not good enough.

TheJam added 21:44 - Nov 26
He'll get some international games now

chevvymalc added 21:54 - Nov 26
The lack of goals might not be just down to him it could be the Conference quality of supplied passes to set him up was lacking . just a thought !!!!

Dozzells_Bobblehat added 22:10 - Nov 26
Do people not actually read the articles !! He's been sent back not recalled .

blueboy1981 added 22:34 - Nov 26
As Booblehat rightly says - he was sent back, not called back. Some people obviously have problems with what is actually written.

One goal in nineteen games at that level is not remotely impressive, if the Championship is an objective.

My guess is that he is another who's not up to it, and won't be, but may be in the ROI squad soon ... !!

Come on Drinan prove us wrong. We're not holding our breath though.

blueboy1981 added 22:40 - Nov 26
...... I guess MM would be the only Manager who would see him as Championship standard - but not Vanarama National League,

Says it all on both fronts, in terms of MM and Player.

harlingblue added 01:35 - Nov 27
IMO Drinan was sent out on loan far too early to really help his development as a player.
He always worked hard for the U23 team, and I think that under the guidance of Nash and Hogg plus the breath of fresh air that Paul Lambert and his team have brought to our club, could flourish and become a very good asset for the future.

shoopdelang added 06:14 - Nov 27
Are you lot stupid or just completely misreading this?
Sutton cut the loan spell short you fools as they didn’t want him.

Those saying “ we must be desperate “ etc. Fools

dirtydingusmagee added 10:05 - Nov 27
rejected by a lowly club for not cutting it, saying the service wasn't good enough dosnt cut it either ,the opposition teams defences will have been a similar standard , A striker worth his corn would have done more than he has.

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