Yeovil Town sign Charlton Athletic's Jordan Cook and Brighton and Hove Albion's Vitalijs Maksimenko on loan
Yeovil Town have bolstered their squad ahead of the run-in to the end of the season by signing a striker and defender on loan from npower Championship clubs.
Brighton and Hove Albion’s highly-rated Latvian international Vitalijs Maksimenko will join Charlton Athletic striker Jordan Cook in the squad to face Swindon Town tomorrow night after signing temporary deals.
Left-sided defender Maksimenko, a product of the Skonto Riga youth set-up and a former CSKA Moscow trialist, is yet to make an appearance for the Seagulls after arriving in England in January.
Cook has been a long-term target for Glovers’ boss Gary Johnson after originally appearing on his radar whilst at Sunderland.
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On Cook, 22, Johnson said: “Our scouting system identified him as a player. We were going to take him on loan with a view (to sign permanently) but obviously Charlton took him.
“You’re obviously going to go to the Championship with the salaries that they are offering which are going to be higher than anywhere near what we could offer.
“It’s nice for us to have him now, it’s certainly cheaper, it’s doing the lad a favour, Charlton a favour and hopefully us a favour.”
Maksimenko – also 22 – attended Johnson’s coaching seminars in his native Latvia as a teenager and the boss said his pedigree showed.
“He’s obviously inexperienced and he’s got to learn about our game quickly,” said Johnson. “Brighton have a way of playing that’s different to everybody else.
“I have tried to tell him it’s very difficult to play like Brighton on the pitches in League One. He will have to adjust his game slightly but that will help his experience.
“He’s a strong lad, he’s quick, he’s left-footed and he’s got himself in the Latvia national team. He speaks good English so all that’s fine.
“He’s a good lad and hopefully he will get his opportunity if and when any of ours get another booking. We have got Jamie McAllister and Byron Webster on ten so hopefully we can keep them on the pitch as long as possible but we have got cover.
“When I was in Latvia he would have been 13 years of age. He came on a few of my seminars, he said, and he enjoyed them.
“Skonto has got a good youth set-up, they teach them well and he does look like he’s ahead of the game on the coaching side. He’s certainly a bright on and the lights are on.”