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Centre-back Scott Wootton has joined the long line of players to extend their tenure with Argyle, putting pen to paper on a new contract. After being left out in the cold during his first season, Wootton was revitalised under Ryan Lowe, whose manager said of him: "I'm delighted that Scotty will be with us again next season. He's back in League One now and I'm looking forward to seeing him continue his good recent form for us."
Versatile midfielder Conor Grant has become the latest in a long line to sign a new contract for Argyle after a more successful second season with the club. His first was a little affected by injury but he improved last season, making 22 appearances and scoring twice. Lowe added: "We're pleased for Conor, and delighted that he has signed on to stay at Argyle. Conor has good technical ability, which we saw in spells last season. He now has an opportunity to push on and bring up his level of consistency. He played his best football for Doncaster Rovers in League One, and I am hoping that he can fulfil his potential now we're back there."
The ranks of the greens have been extended further with centre back Niall Canavan the latest to commit himself to a green shirt. Canavan made 38 appearances last season, contributing to 14 clean sheets. Ryan Lowe said: "We are really pleased for Naz, he has been a big member of the squad that won promotion last year. He has shown the qualities he brings to the team in the past 12 months, and we want that to continue in League One next year."
In what is arguably the most integral extension of Argyle's summer yet, young striker Luke Jephcott committed his future to Argyle after an extremely promising half-season of 7 goals in 14 games. Ryan Lowe said: "We're very pleased to have got the deal done. Luke has still got elements of his game to work on, but he has clearly got a lot of potential, as he showed last season. As an Academy graduate, Luke has the Green Army fully behind him, and the opportunity is there now to kick on and try to make himself the main striker for Argyle."
Argyle bolstered their squad by three ahead of the new season with three promising youngsters committing their future to the greens. Playmaking midfielder Adam Randell as well as overlapping left-wing back and goalscoring striker Klaidi Lolos all accepted Ryan Lowe's offer to extend further with Argyle. Lowe said: "I'm really pleased that the three lads have signed on for next season - they all have good potential and developing our Academy graduates is important. Ryan went on-loan to Truro last year and did very well, the reports were good, and we felt that he deserved an opportunity to stake a claim for a role in the first-team. We saw glimpses of what Randell and Lolos can do last season, they both had good involvement in and around the squad. For them, it is now about pushing on."
Ryan Lowe has confirmed Antoni Sarcevic's decision to leave Argyle to join a club nearer to the North West of England where he resides. Ryan Lowe said of the decision: "We respect Sarce's decision – it was a family decision. He wanted to get back closer to home, and we can understand that. It would not have been an easy choice for him to make. We thank Sarce for the impact he had at the club, and we wish him all the best moving forward. As I have always said – if you choose move on, no problem – that's football. We are very happy with our recruitment preparations for the upcoming season, and we feel that we have players in the squad who can step up to compete for that place, as well as bringing in fresh signings."
Sarcevic paid tribute to the Green Army on his Twitter account, hailing a successful three and a half years at the club.
Gary Sawyer is the first senior pro to opt to extend his contract with Argyle, signing on for another year. Sawyer is Argyle's joint 27th highest appearance maker and will hope to build on his current total of 297 competitive appearances.
Argyle have also unveiled their new White away kit, available for pre-order from Wednesday. Andrew Parkinson said: "We are delighted to have been able to launch our away kit ahead of schedule, and I must express our thanks to PUMA, Ginsters, and our dedicated Superstore staff for making this possible. The buzz generated on social media from our kit campaigns has been fantastic, and retail sales continue to outstrip previous seasons by some distance. We are extremely grateful for supporters' contributions during the coronavirus crisis, and making the away shirt available early is a token of our gratitude."
Academy graduates Rubin Wilson and Ollie Tomlinson have put pen to paper on their professional deals at Home Park. Cornish striker Wilson, who made his debut in the Checkatrade Trophy game against Swindon in October, said: "It's such a good feeling. I've just got to push on now, and hopefully make it into the first-team."
Ball playing defender Tomlinson added: "The whole week building up to it, I was just shaking all the time, just nervous. As soon as he told me, it was a weight off my shoulders. I've tried to process it, but it doesn't seem real, at all."
The Argyle Superstore at Home Park will reopen from Monday, June 15 between 10am and 3pm. Head of Marketing Jamie Yabsley said: "We are delighted to have been able to reopen the Superstore in a manner that is safe for both staff and supporters. Our team has worked very hard to bring the Superstore up to standards required to reopen safely. The reopening of the Superstore has allowed us to bring forward the launch of our new away kit – #TheWhiteOne – and it should be available in time for Father's Day, so keep an eye on our social media in the coming days."
Plymouth Argyle have been promoted to League One following an emergency meeting of all League One and Two clubs. An overwhelming majority voted to end the season with no further games and also to end it on an unweighted points per game process. Andrew Parkinson said: "We are pleased that a solution for the end of the season has been reached after weeks of uncertainty, and, of course, delighted that it results in promotion for Argyle. That said, we are disappointed not to be able to celebrate this promotion on the pitch, with the Green Army cheering from the stands. Football has, quite rightly, had to take a back seat in order to ensure the safety of our community. Our supporters have been with us every step of the way this season, and I know I speak on behalf of everyone at the club when I say that you played an integral part in our eventual success. We thank you for your outstanding support and look forward the occasion that we can play games with our loyal fans in the stands once again."
Amidst the shock of promotion, news has also broken that Argyle have confirmed the released/retained list for the coming season. The list stands as follows: Under contract: Will Aimson, Michael Cooper, Joe Edwards, Byron Moore, Dom Telford.
Existing option extended: Danny Mayor.
Out of contract, offered new contract: Niall Canavan, Conor Grant, Luke Jephcott, Ryan Law, Klaidi Lolos, Callum McFadzean, Adam Randell, Antoni Sarcevic, Gary Sawyer, Scott Wootton.
Out of contract, released: Alex Fletcher, Joel Grant, Tafari Moore, Michael Peck, Tom Purrington, Ryan Taylor.
Loan expired: Tyreeq Bakinson, George Cooper, Josh Grant, Ryan Hardie, Alex Palmer.
Apprentices offered professional contract: Jarvis Cleal, Ollie Tomlinson, Rubin Wilson.
Apprentices released: Jude Boyd, Isaac Burdon, Reuben Collum, Harry Townsend.
Antoni Sarcevic has been confirmed as the player of the season for the 2019/20 season with a convincing 58% of the vote. Byron Moore came in second and Alex Palmer third. George Cooper was the best of the rest in 4th.
Luke Jephcott won a landslide victory for the young player of the season award with 85% of the vote. It is the second season running that Jephcott has claimed the prize. Josh Grant came in second with Tyreeq Bakinson third.
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