TOPE OBADEYI has admitted it was ‘an easy decision’ to re-sign on loan for Plymouth Argyle from Bury for the second time.
The speedy 24-year-old attacker will be with the Pilgrims up to and including the Devon derby against Exeter City at Home Park on Tuesday, March 25.
That is the maximum amount of time allowed under Football League loan rules, when including his first stint with Argyle earlier in the season.
Obadeyi completed his return to Argyle last Thursday and was an unused substitute in the 2-1 win at Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday.
He will hope to get some game-time when the Pilgrims play fifth-placed Fleetwood Town at Highbury tonight (7.45pm).
Obadeyi put in some impressive performances during his first loan spell with Argyle, but was recalled by Bury at the start of January.
However, he made only four substitute appearances and that led to Pilgrims’ boss John Sheridan making his move for him.
Obadeyi told Herald Sport: “For whatever reason, it didn’t quite work out back up there (at Bury).
“When I was supposed to play in games they got called off. I had a couple of substitute appearances but not much game-time.
“As soon as I knew there was an opportunity to come back down here (to Argyle) it was an easy decision for me.”
Obadeyi had previously played for Sheridan during a loan spell at Chesterfield, before the pair were reunited at Home Park earlier in the current campaign.
Now, Sheridan has signed the former England under-20 international for a third time, so he clearly rates him.
Obadeyi said: “It helps as a player to have a manager who is backing you. As soon as you step on that pitch, you know what he wants from you.
“He gives you the confidence to go and play your game, without any worries.”
Obadeyi was disappointed to leave Argyle after the 2-2 draw away to Port Vale in the FA Cup third round on January 5.
He put in a particularly good performance in that tie, and Sheridan did not hesitate when it became clear there was a chance of re-signing Obadeyi on loan.
Obadeyi said: “I know it’s only a month down here but I think there are nine games so, hopefully, I help the boys with a little play-off push.”
His loan will end after the game against Exeter, and that is one fixture Obadeyi is looking forward to.
His only previous experience of a Devon derby was when he started for Argyle in the 1-1 draw away to Torquay United at the end of November.
Obadeyi said: “I thought Torquay was the big one before I came down here the first time, but now I know it is Exeter.
“I know it’s going to be a massive game and that Home Park will be packed.”
Obadeyi was only away from Argyle for seven weeks so it has been an easy transition for him to make in returning to the squad.
He said: “I walked in and, apart from one or two new faces, it was basically the same group of lads.
“It was like I had never left, to be honest. It makes it easy for me and, hopefully, I can push on.”
Argyle are likely to be without Jason Banton against Fleetwood after he suffered a groin injury in the victory over Dagenham.
However, Sheridan has plenty of attacking alternatives at his disposal, with the re-signing of Obadeyi, the return from suspension of Andres Gurrieri and with Marvin Morgan fit again after a long-term shoulder injury.
Obadeyi said: “Andres came in on Saturday (for Banton) and he did well.
“There is a lot of competition for places, which is always healthy. It keeps everyone on their toes.
“You have got to be training well, and you have got to be playing well when you get the opportunity to stay in the team.”
He continued: “I haven’t played against Fleetwood this season but they are a very good team. They have got good goalscorers.
“It’s a tough place to go to, but we got a good win on Saturday and confidence is high.”
Obadeyi will be out of contract at the end of this season so the next month will be a chance to showcase his ability – to Sheridan, or anyone else for that matter.
He said: “Playing games, that’s what it’s all about. It’s not about sitting on the bench and picking up your money.
“I want to be playing so, hopefully, I can show what I can do in these run of games and who knows what comes in the summer. I might be here full-time.
“We will see what happens come the end of the season.”