Club refuses to rule out an extended stay for loan star
YEOVIL Town will today extend Everton star Shane Duffy's stay at Huish Park with manager Gary Johnson refusing to rule out keeping the defender for even longer.
The Republic of Ireland youngster has settled quickly into life with the Glovers, being ever-present at the heart of a back four since making his debut at Bolton Wanderers last month.
With Duffy's initial month expiring today and Johnson declaring last week that he wanted to keep the 21-year-old, the boss confirmed he had been in contact with the Premier League outfit.
Johnson added that the Glovers wanted to keep the Derry-born centre half until at least Boxing Day, with an extension until the end of the season even a possibility for discussions in January.
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He said: "We think we have got Shane Duffy's loan on the go again. His loan is up today and we have made contact with Everton. They're happy, we're happy and he's happy to stay.
"I think every month we get him he will get better. It's like all of these players that we get from these clubs, they haven't played enough competitive games and it takes them a little while.
"One of the things that we do that helps them is that all of our training, apart from the warm-ups and warm-downs, is competitive.
"What is always competitive is that main block of the session and so that helps them, I think, get match and game ready and that's been good. He will have an even better month and an even better one after that.
"Outside of the loan window we have to make emergency loans and you can't make any more emergency loans after, I believe, the third Thursday in November.
"We're checking the terms and hoping that we can keep him up to Boxing Day so, without jumping the gun, there's a possibility of doing it until the end of the season if all parties are happy in January (when the window re-opens)."
A Glovers' XI drew 1-1 with Torquay in a behind-closed-doors friendly at Plainmoor on Tuesday, Andy Williams cancelling out the Sky Bet League Two club's opener. Paddy Madden (illness) and James Hayter (family illness) did not make the trip to Devon, whilst Danny Seaborne picked up an injury that will require assessment before a decision is made on his fitness for Saturday's trip to Leeds United.
Yeovil are yet to beat the former Champions League semi-finalists in six Premier League encounters, having shipped eight goals in their last two trips to Elland Road.
Despite their torrid League One record in West Yorkshire, Johnson said it meant there was no pressure on the Glovers' current crop ahead of their first Championship meeting.
"There's not too many people that know that (record), we will keep it a secret," said Johnson. "We won't be mentioning it to the lads but if they do hear it or read it they won't be under pressure as nobody's done anything there before.
"We're off the back of a couple of good results against Nottingham Forest (won 3-1) and Brighton and Hove Albion (drew 0-0). I'm sure they will want to go there and get that same feeling that they had against Forest."