Forward makes another move to Home ParkRoyals forward Craig Tanner has today completed a loan to Plymouth Argyle – a move which will see him remain with the League 2 club until 16th January 2017.
The 21-year-old spent the whole of the 2015/16 campaign at Home Park, where he featured 50 times in league and cup for the Pilgrims as they came within a whisker of reaching promotion, only to be denied at Wembley.
Returning from that loan spell this summer, Tanner was involved during pre-season by travelling with Jaap Stam's first-team to the Netherlands and featuring in four of our preparatory fixtures. He also represented the Royals’ Under-23 squad in their opening-day win in the Premier League 2 last weekend at Arsenal.
However his only involvement in our first team to date this season was as an unused substitute in our 2-0 EFL Cup win against his former loan side Plymouth at Madejski Stadium. So in linking up with the Pilgrims once again, there will be more opportunities to continue his development by playing regular first-team football in a toughly-contested division.
Derek Adams’ team will have their sights set on a place in League 1 after coming so close last term – it was a defeat in the play-off final to Tanner’s other former loan club AFC Wimbledon which denied them that spot in the third tier which has eluded the Pilgrims since 2011.
The Pilgrims were defeated by Luton and Carlisle on their first two outings in the new campaign, but finally bagged a win on Tuesday with a 2-1 triumph at Notts Country.
Craig’s first fixture in his second loan stint at Home Park could come as early as Saturday when Mansfield journey to the West Country. Then after a visit to Blackpool, he could be involved in a busy September which will include a meeting with newly-promoted Cheltenham, Sean Long’s loan club Cambridge, and a Devon Derby with neighbours Exeter. His loan is due to expire in the new year after the Pilgrims' home meeting with Stevenage.
We wish the best of luck to Craig and the Pilgrims for his new loan spell with Argyle.