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MANAGER: You sometimes do the work for the other teams to benefit

Steven Pressley on Jack Sowerby and Jerry Yates

24 January 2019

Fleetwood loanee Jack Sowerby has played a big part in United’s excellent run of form and three goals from his last seven games confirmed his status as a favourite with United’s fans as he really established himself in the team as a forward-thinking midfielder.

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With the last game of his current loan spell coming on Saturday, when we travel to Vale Park, we spoke to manager Steven Pressley about the likelihood of keeping him at Brunton Park for the second half of the campaign.

“The situation with Jack is well known and, as things stand at this moment in time, he will be returning to Fleetwood after Saturday’s game,” he confirmed. “That’s a real disappointment for us because he’s been a brilliant signing.

“He was excellent again at the weekend and I think it’s very important that the other players in the squad are ready to step in. Looking at the group I think we probably need one more addition in that area.

“I spoke with Andy Pilley [chairman at Fleetwood] and the feeling was, at this moment in time, they’d been delighted with Jack’s loan because it’s been a real benefit to the player and to them. They feel he might be ready to go back there and play on a regular basis.

“Unfortunately that’s one of the things with loan players. You sometimes do the work for other teams to benefit from it. We have no gripes about that because Jack has been a terrific player for us. We’d loved to have had him here a bit longer, but we fully respect Fleetwood’s position.”

“We also spoke briefly about Ashley Nadesan,” he added. “He’s a player we’d love to bring back, but he played for them at the weekend and the only reason he didn’t complete the full game is because they had to change things after they had a man sent off.

“It was no reflection on his performance that he came off and I think he’s going to be a major player for them in their run-in. It’s not ideal for us, and we’re obviously going to have to find alternate solutions.”

And on striker Jerry Yates, who also played a part in Rotherham’s game at the weekend, he told us: “We’re still very hopeful on him. He’s a player we’re certainly holding on for because we think very highly of him.

“Yes, that’s still a genuine possibility, and one we’re prepared to wait a little bit longer for. He’s a key figure, we only have one more game between now and deadline day and there’s no doubt about the fact we want him here.

“To get him here we’re prepared to wait until deadline day. If it goes that far we’ll have to have a couple of options, but he’s certainly a priority.”

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