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John Sheridan keen to shield teenager Harvey from battle to beat the drop

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: February 16, 2013

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Manager John Sheridan is taking 17-year-old striker Tyler Harvey out of the firing line as Plymouth Argyle battle against relegation.

Sheridan does not believe it would benefit Harvey's development as a player of some promise to be part of the struggle for Football League survival.

Harvey is a second-year apprentice who is set to sign a professional contract with the Pilgrims in the summer.

He has already made two starts and five substitutes appearances for Argyle at first-team level, and scored on his full debut in the 1-1 draw with Torquay United at Home Park on Boxing Day.

Sheridan also has similar concerns over the amount of under-pressure football 19-year-old midfielder Luke Young has had in the past couple of seasons.

Young, who celebrates his 20th birthday next Friday, has made 59 league appearances for Argyle in his short career to date.

Sheridan has explained his reasoning to Harvey and Young.

The Argyle manager said: "It's very difficult to play in a team who are fighting relegation.

"I don't think you are learning the game properly because everything is a dogfight.

"It's not a case of me not thinking they are not good enough for us. It's just that they are at a young age and I don't think it has been a good experience for them.

"I see a lot of good things in both of them, and I have had a chat with them.

"Tyler is a lovely footballer and I really like what he has got in his game," continued the former Republic of Ireland international midfielder.

"I have explained to him I don't think it's a time now for a young kid to be thrown in and expect him to do this, that and the other. Likewise with Youngy because he's still a kid. Hopefully, they will take on board what I'm trying to tell them."

Meanwhile, Argyle's game against Oxford United at Home Park today sees the end of the one-month 'youth loan' of Reading striker Gozie Ugwu.

When Ugwu, 19, signed for Argyle in January it was announced the loan could be extended for the rest of the season on the agreement of all parties. Sheridan said: "I haven't spoken to Reading yet, but if Gozie is happy enough I don't think there will be a problem."

Teenage goalkeeper Christian Walton is leaving Argyle for Championship side Brighton & Hove Albion.

The 17-year-old Cornish custodian had been training with the Sussex side and has agreed a long-term deal.

Argyle will receive a fee for Walton, whose only game with the first-team squad was as an unused substitute in an FA Cup first-round tie with Stourbridge in November 2011.

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