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Gaffer keen to explore extending loan stays

22 March 2018

Manager Gary Johnson has revealed he would be keen to extend Joe Morrell’s stay at Cheltenham Town into next season – as recruitment for the next campaign continues to take shape.

Morrell – who will miss the away game at Crawley Town as he is away on Wales Under-21 duty - has been a key performer for the Robins this season.

The on-loan Bristol City ace has already made 34 appearances in all competitions.

“Joe Morrell has been a big player for us - he’s been a great loan,” said Johnson, who admitted he would also look at Taylor Moore returning.

“We will try and keep him around for a bit longer than the end of the season, but we haven’t had that discussion yet with Bristol City.

“They have obviously watched him in every game. It’s been great for him to get 30 or more games for us, which he wouldn’t have had at Bristol City.

“So it’s when they decide they need him back as he’s close to the first team, as he will be at some stage. Or whether it’s more beneficial for him to be getting games and gaining experience and confidence as he has been with us.”

“In terms of recruitment, we have to keep trying to improve and when we get the opportunities to bring in players who suit the system and suit your way of playing and can be more consistent, you do that over a period of time,” he added.

“I was chatting to Pete (Johnson) on Wednesday and he’s looking out for us. We feel we have identified three or four we are quite comfortable with.

“We’ve had a chat with quite a few people and we believe that they will be great additions to the squad.”

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