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Tyler Harvey's loan move will be good all round, says former Argyle striker Warren Feeney

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: December 04, 2013

By Chris Errington Chief Football Writer @ChrisErrington1

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Former Argyle striker Warren Feeney (left) is now the assistant manager to Mikey Harris (right) at Salisbury

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WARREN FEENEY believes Tyler Harvey’s loan move from Plymouth Argyle to Salisbury City will be good for the 18-year-old striker and both clubs.

Feeney, the player-assistant manager at Salisbury, also confirmed Harvey would not play for the Whites in their FA Cup second round tie away to Port Vale on Friday.

Salisbury will not be able to call upon Harvey for their trip to the Potteries because Argyle do not want him cup-tied.

Feeney recommended the loan signing of Harvey to Salisbury manager Mikey Harris and was thrilled that Pilgrims’ boss John Sheridan agreed to the request.

Harvey made his debut for the Whites as a second half substitute in their 1-0 home defeat by Cambridge United in the FA Trophy first round on Saturday.

Feeney knew all about the potential of Harvey after spending two seasons at Argyle before taking on his current role at Football Conference Premier club Salisbury in July.

Harvey, who signed his first professional contract in the summer, has made 14 appearances for the Pilgrims this season, but all of them as a substitute.

The plan is for him to get games – and hopefully goals – for Salisbury during his loan spell, which will end on January 4.

Feeney told Herald Sport: “I know Tyler well from my time at Argyle. I have been keeping an eye on him, and (defender) Jamie Richards as well.

“I know what Tyler is about and I knew he wasn’t playing for Argyle. Any footballer will tell you they want to be playing on a Saturday.

“I spoke to Shez (Sheridan) and he rates Tyler very highly.

“He just wants to get him games and, hopefully, he can do that here (at Salisbury), get us a few goals and feel good about himself.

“People forget Tyler is still only 18. It will be good for him, and Argyle, to get some first team games under his belt.

“We threw him on with 20 minutes to go on Saturday and he’s cup tied this week, which is probably not ideal for him.

“We will get this game (against Port Vale) played and at least it gives him a chance to settle in.”

Feeney added: “A couple of other clubs were sniffing around Tyler so we are grateful to Argyle for letting him come to us.

“What I noticed about Tyler when I was at Argyle was that he was relaxed on the ball He’s not one to panic.

“He knows when to release the ball and when to hold onto it, and he can score goals.”

Feeney had been on trial in pre-season with Argyle, with a view to trying to secure a new contract, when he was offered the chance to become the assistant manager at Salisbury.

City are currently in eighth position in the Conference Premier, after being promoted as Conference South play-off final winners last season.

Feeney, 32, has made four starts and four substitute appearances for Salisbury but his primary focus is on the management and coaching side.

“It’s something new for me, and something I want to go into,” said the former Northern Ireland international.

“I’m enjoying seeing the other side of football. We have had a decent start to the season but there is a long, long way to go.

“We have got Port Vale away in the FA Cup and there is going to be no pressure on us.

“It’s a great game for us and if we can do something in it we are into the third round with the big boys.”

Feeney added: “I have known players who have found it hard to get into this side of the game so I’m very grateful to the manager and chairman at Salisbury for giving me this chance.”

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  December 05 2013, 10:35AM

    What a hair brain idea.! We dont have enough strikers and loan's one out. Get real Sheridan.

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