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Purse is in no rush to leave Argyle after making return to peak form

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 19, 2012

Plymouth Argyle's Darren Purse (right) forces Exeter City's Jamie Cureton to take evasive action at St James' Park last Saturday picture: Phil Mingo/Pinnacle

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Transfer-listed Plymouth Argyle captain Darren Purse has admitted he does not want to leave the Devon club.

The Pilgrims' manager, Carl Fletcher, has told 35-year-old Purse, who is under contract until next summer, he can move on during the January transfer window.

Fletcher is trying to free up money to spend on strengthening his squad with some new recruits, with the aim of improving Argyle's current lowly league position of 20th in npower League Two.

Purse has been troubled by a toe injury this season and his performances have not been at the same high level as they were last term. However, he has shown a return to form in the last two matches after serving a suspension, and was outstanding in the 1-1 draw with Exeter City at St James' Park last Saturday.

Purse insisted his commitment to Argyle would remain the same for as long as he stayed at Home Park. He said: "The gaffer [Fletcher] pulled me in a couple of weeks ago and told me he had to cut the budget. There is no rocket science about it. You have just got to get on with it.

"I don't really want to go but, on the other hand, I've got family that are 200 miles away. It might work out well for both parties if he can clear a little bit of the budget and maybe go and get two or three players in," Purse added.

"I came here to achieve something and I still believe we can do that but, sometimes, things are out of a manager's hands. It's another thing the gaffer has got to deal with.

"I'm disappointed because I do enjoy playing down here but that's football, at the end of the day," Purse said. "You just have to get on with it.

"It's not going to stop my commitment to the club. I still enjoy playing football. I still like getting up for three o'clock on a Saturday afternoon, and that's what it's all about. Wherever that may be, I will carry on doing it."

Purse took over as Argyle's captain in the summer, after Simon Walton moved to Hartlepool United. The centre-back has made 43 appearances for Plymouth since signing, initially on loan, from Millwall in November 2011.

Purse said: "I love captaining the club. We've got some good young players here.

"If I do leave in January, there are other captains about, people like Paul Wotton and Conor [Hourihane], who has done wonders when he has taken it over. There is a good foundation if I do leave, but we will just have to see what happens come January."

Purse also remains optimistic about Argyle's prospects for the rest of the season. He said: "The first half of the season is just about getting yourself in position.

"We're definitely not in a position we wanted to be in at the start of the season, but we have to take it and roll with the punches we have had.

"We've got a good strong squad. If we win two or three games over the Christmas period, we won't be looking down, we'll be looking up, and who knows what might happen come January?"

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