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Fletcher talks through loanees' progress


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Just past the turn of the year, loan player manager Carl Fletcher spoke about the Cherries currently earning their stripes away at other clubs.

In the first half of the season, four players have appeared in League Two, four in the National League and one, in Zeno Ibsen Rossi, in the top flight in Scotland.

With all bar Taylor stepping up to play at higher levels for the first time, Fletcher went into detail with afcb.co.uk on how all of the players have been coping with the increased demands being placed upon them. 

League Two

Southend United

Kyle Taylor - 12 appearances, 1 goal

It's great to see our young lads seeing that not everything runs as smoothly at some clubs as it would do in our under-18s, 23s or first team. There are different things that clubs have to go through off the pitch that affect things on the pitch.

That's a great experience for Kyle and the positive thing is that Mark (Molesley) knows him and what he can do. There have been ups and downs with Covid, little injuries and losing a lot games but that's invaluable for Kyle.

That's part and parcel of going out on loan, we look for all the players to ultimately find their pwn way at a club, whatever league it's in, whatever the manager's like, you have to go and perform well at a consistent level.

We wish Kyle well and hope he can help Mark to a positive rest of the season and staying in League Two.

Scunthorpe United

Tyler Cordner - 16 appearances, 1 goal

Frank Vincent - 8 appearances

It's been good for Tyler and Frank to play in League Two, both of them have had journeys through the lower league so it was important to try and get them to that next level.

Geographically, it's a long way up to Scunthorpe but both settled in well, have enjoyed the games and the good and bad times that are all part of league football.

It's been different with having no fans and dealing with Covid situations but it's been a great experience for them at that next rung of the ladder.


Jake Scrimshaw - 16 appearances, 2 goals

Jake will always give you energy, so it's been great for him and Walsall have been really pleased with him.

Within the loan he's made his league debut, scored his first league goals and he's had games when he could have got more - he's hit the post a couple of times and been unlucky in certain situations.

He's scored loads of goals in our academy, scored for Poole Town, had a loan at Eastleigh and he keeps getting pushed to see how he does and copes with the situation, so far he's been able to do that.

Scottish Premiership


Zeno Ibsen Rossi - eight appearances

It's a great loan for Zeno, going all the way up to Scotland. It's a long way to go by yourself and in the first couple of months they had a Covid outbreak and he had to spend a couple of weeks on his own isolating in Kilmarnock, like the rest of the team were.

That shows the great strength of character that he's got, and when he's played he's done really well, learning there every day. He's really enjoying himself, is always positive when I speak to him and it's a great level for him.

It's just a shame to not have fans there, especially in Scotland where they're different in terms of their intensity and demands they put on. That would be perfect for the players because it adds a real pressure to the games, which you don't get as much without them.  

National League

Torquay United

Sam Sherring - 17 appearances, 2 goals

Sam's another who's done the levels and is now onto the next one with Torquay. They're doing really well this year and he's been an integral part of that, which is a credit to him.

I'm really pleased for him, he's a very committed player. While Torquay are in the National League currently they are a league club really with a proper league manager in Gary Johnson - so Sam's getting a great experience and everything's going great for him.

He's getting that experience while the team is winning and that's a massive help and bonus for him, long may it continue.


Brennan Camp - 14 appearances

Corey Jordan - 11 appearances

Christian Saydee - 2 appearances 

We've had a good relationship over the years with Weymouth with Mark (Molesley) being there and now Brian (Stock), that works both ways and it's been a big step up this year for them with another big jump from the National League South.

Brennan played there at the back end of last year and is a Weymouth boy so he loves it, him and Corey have gone to that next level where there's a higher calibre of player, whether that's in terms of the ability or their physicality and size.

Those are challenges week-in, week-out for them to adapt to and it's fantastic for them at a good level, travelling up and down the country with there not being, in my view, a massive jump between the National League and League Two this season.

Christian arrived there later on. He has performed well in our youth team, with Coops (Shaun Cooper) in the under-21s and had a great short stint with Poole Town - another club we have a strong relationship with and have had a lot of our young players going on loans with.

He's got great attributes and it's good for him to learn. He's had to isolate with Covid due to contact, so it's been stop-start, but now it's that curve for him coming up against new defenders.

He's played games before where the defenders haven't been as strong as him and now he'll have to deal with bigger players and will learn from them to progress and hopefully make an impact in the game by scoring some goals.

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