Gary Johnson keen to extend Middlesbrough loan star Matt Dolan's stay at Yeovil Town
Yeovil Town manager Gary Johnson has revealed he would like to keep Middlesbrough’s Matt Dolan for the rest of the season but has ruled out signing new faces.
The Glovers’ boss could add to his squad in time for Saturday’s trip to Coventry City in npower League One, although said he is unlikely to do so with full back Nathan Ralph nearing fitness.
Boro midfielder Dolan agreed another month at Huish Park on transfer deadline day last week, only to limp off during the first half of the 3-0 weekend drubbing of Brentford.
He initially returned to his Championship parent club for treatment but will be in Yeovil’s travelling party to the Ricoh Arena even though he will not be involved.
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Johnson said he has seen enough of Dolan to convince him it is worth renewing his youth loan until May.
He said: “Matty Dolan is coming to the Coventry game with us and he is coming back with us as he wants to do his rehabilitation with us so that he is here as soon as he is ready.
“He had his best game against Sheffield United. It’s a lot different to youth football, where you are playing in the hustle and bustle of the Football League where there are three points at stake and people’s livings at stake.
“That puts a lot more pressure on you than playing for an under-21 club. I think it took him a couple of weeks to understand how important it is at our level to win football matches pick up points.
“It’s been interesting to see him enjoy the transition as some don’t and I know there have been others at Yeovil that haven’t made that step and couldn’t quite handle the pressure and intensity of it all.
“Matty Dolan seems to have handled it all and that is why it was so disappointing that he got injured when he did because I thought the penny had really dropped. We look forward to see him when he is recovering in maybe a couple of weeks’ time.”
The boss said making additional signings could be more trouble than it is worth, with the Glovers having won their last five league games and on the brink of the play-offs.
“When Nathan Ralph is fit, which won’t be too long, it will give us our 11 starters and are seven on the bench,” he said.
“There are bundles of phone calls coming into me from agents but I have got to be so sure now when we bring in a player that he right for us.
“Any bad decision, bad character, bad personality or even bad footballer that comes into the club could change the whole equilibrium of the changing room. We worked very hard to get the competitive atmosphere that we have right now with the camaraderie and we have got to keep that until the end of the season.”