Walton has Argyle future
Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that Simon Walton has a future at Home Park.
By Chris Galea
Last Updated: 19/06/09 12:06pm
Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock has confirmed that Simon Walton has a future at Home Park, after holding talks with the midfielder.
The former Leeds United player enjoyed a loan spell at Championship rivals Blackpool last season after Sturrock questioned his temperament and was expected to be offloaded this summer.
However, ex-Southampton boss Sturrock insists Walton can still become a key player for the Pilgrims next season.
"Simon and I had a chat recently about his future at the club and he appreciates that there is a lot of hard work to be done during pre-season for him to get a chance in the first-team, but if he gets his head down he has got every chance of being an important player for us next season," he told skysports.com.
One player who does look set to leave though is youngster Yannick Bolasie, who enjoyed a spell with Barnet last season, as Sturrock hopes to loan him out once again.
Barnet boss Ian Hendon told skysports.com earlier this week that he would love to bring the midfielder back to Underhill, and he may get his wish.
"Yannick is a very young lad that still has a lot to work on and develop," Sturrock said.
"The boy (Ashley) Barnes came on leaps and bounds when he went out on loan last season, so hopefully that could be the way forward for Yannick as well. We will be trying to push our players down that route because it has shown its benefits for Ashley Barnes."
This season's Championship line-up promises to be one of the toughest and most exciting contests ever, with the inclusion of former Premier League outfits Newcastle, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Leicester City, and Sturrock is relishing the challenge that lies ahead.
"I think that the Championship is one of the most difficult leagues in England and it is much higher in quality than the divisions below it," he added.
"There are experienced Premier League players filtering through every year and that helps raise the bar, especially when sides like Newcastle United drop down with them.
"It will make it much harder and those sides will also have their parachute payments, which gives them a head start on the rest, plus those who have come up will fancy their chances after a great season last term.
"So, it does promise to be a very tough, but entertaining, season and we are hoping to make progress ourselves after a very inconsistent season last time."