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Taylor: Loan Players Not Forgotten
Thursday, 25th Apr 2019 16:25

Assistant boss Stuart Taylor says Town’s loan players haven’t been forgotten while they’ve been away from the club and that it will be a new start for everyone when the squad reassembles for pre-season at the end of June.

Danny Rowe and Jordan Roberts have spent the second half of the season with Lincoln, who have won League Two and will be joining the Blues in the third tier next season, while Luke Woolfenden has spent the campaign with Swindon in the same division.

Aaron Drinan is with Waterford in the League of Ireland, where he has scored five goals with only two players having netted more so far this season, which runs through the summer.

Full-back or central defender Janoi Donacien returned to his old club Accrington in League One in January.

Earlier in the week Rowe said he expected to return to the Blues in the summer, while Drinan revealed U23s coaches Gerard Nash and Chris Hogg have been watching tapes of his games for Waterford.

Taylor confirmed that the loanees have been kept an eye on while they have been elsewhere: “Without a doubt. That was one thing we spoke about when we’ve had conversations, we spoke with Danny Rowe last week, we spoke with Jordan Roberts a couple of weeks before that.

“Danny’s done great since he’s been out there and Aaron’s done well over in Ireland as well.

“There was a possibility of Aaron playing European games but I think something’s happened over there with Waterford and St Pat’s so it’s a different story altogether.

“But that was the reason for him going out on loan. When lads go out on loan, they go out for a reason and they’re not forgotten about.

“Even with Janoi as well, we’ve watched Janoi’s games, we’ve watched all the games the lads that have gone out have played.

“They’re still our players, they’re still part of what we want to do as a football club and then we’re going to reassess things. They come back in in pre-season and it’s a new season, a new start for everybody.”

He says a decent loan spell elsewhere can re-establish a player with the Blues: “Exactly. That’s exactly what the situation is, there’s no point [in them staying here and not playing].

“Players might be on the bench here or not involved, if they can go out and get games, then it’s what they need to go and do.

“They’ve all done well and we’ve kept in touch with them all since they’ve been out on loan.”

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RobITFC added 16:51 - Apr 25
Rowe and Wolfenden definately will want back here next year, not sure about the others.

Garv added 17:19 - Apr 25
Rowe and Donacien have to be used in my book. Donacien has done nothing wrong and League One may prove to be Rowe's level.

Looking forward to Woolfenden getting games too.

terryf added 21:46 - Apr 25
Donacien looked a decent right back, especially up against Adomah when we played Villa.

Not a centre half or left back in my book!

Radlett_blue added 22:28 - Apr 25
Management keep talking these players up but Town actually need to make decisions about whether we want to keep these players for next season. While the players should be the first to know, can we have a little less obfuscation, please?

brian_a_mul added 09:21 - Apr 26
Drinan is playing really well and will be fully fit for preseason. This guy can do the damage in League 1 next season. Reminds me a little of Murphs :)

beornioblue added 16:05 - Apr 26
Danny Rowe and Wolfy are a must, Donacian jury is out on but we need all the help we can get. I dont see any point in Jordan Roberts though.

ArnieM added 23:37 - Apr 26
We have 42 players on our books that are ours. At least half of these will need to be “culled”, I would fear for those that are out long term injured and on the highest wages, as a starting point for the cull.
Town are in no position for sympathy and no position financially either to not be ruthless . The time for “ soft touch” Town is at and end .

harlingblue added 03:30 - Apr 27
Rowe, Donacian (at right back) and Woolfenden, should have been starters, or at least on the bench this year, plus Drinan who will be good in time.
Young injured forward trio of Morris, Falomi and Lankester could be immense in time, but not in this current (always beatable) hopeless, one up front team formation.

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