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Midfielder Jordan Houghton has returned to Home Park five years after his last spell at the club. The deep lying midfielder had a first spell in 2016 when he played for Derek Adams' outfit on a short-term loan from Chelsea. Now 25, he left Milton Keynes this summer after three successful years and has come for a permanent spell at Home Park. He said: "I was a kid back then and now I feel I am a man coming into a team. I have experienced a lot, played over 200 games in the league and these experiences can only help. I still have a lot of learning to do and I am sure this manager can help me, I am really looking forward to working with him. Promotion is the aim again this year. Having spoken to the manager, he came to Argyle with a project to eventually get to the Championship. That is the aim and hopefully I can get make it three promotions."
"Hopefully we can make the first game of the season a sell out and get as many people as we can here because the Argyle fans are massive for the club. I think we've already got a good squad together, playing some nice football to give the fans something to believe in."
The 2021/22 fixture list has been released for League One, with Argyle starting their season with an away game at recently relegated Rotherham United. Argyle will once again travel to Cheltenham Town on Boxing Day and will host Milton Keynes on the final day in April. The full list can be found on the official Argyle website. In other fixture news, the greens have been drawn away to Peterborough in the first round of the League Cup. The game will take place on Tuesday August 10th. Finally, Arsenal under-21s will be Argyle's final Group F opponents in the Papa John's Trophy.
Ryan Lowe said of the fixtures: "It's exciting, isn't it? You look at the teams coming down from the Championship; Rotherham, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe Wanderers - you want to play against these teams. The same goes for the teams coming up, they're new and you want to go and play them. If you ask the lads right now, they won't be thinking about playing Rotherham in August. They'll be thinking about today's running session and the rest of the pre-season. All the games in this division are tough. For me, I just look at the first four fixtures and the last four fixtures. Cheltenham on Boxing Day is good and its nice to be home on New Year's Day, but this is a tough league and we now know what is expected, we want to make sure we were better than we were last season."
Argyle also made two signings today, with goalkeeper Callum Burton being announced first. Burton left newly promoted Cambridge at the end of last season. 24 year old Burton kept 9 clean sheets in 27 games for the Us. The goalkeeping department was completed by Luke McCormick extending his deal by a further year as a 'training goalkeeper' who will retain his playing registration. Argyle also announced their fifth signing of the summer, completing a busy day of news. James Bolton will join from Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee. Adding another centre-back to Argyle's ranks, 26 year old Bolton has signed a two year contract and will wear the number two shirt. He is known to the green army for scoring a heartbreaking late equaliser against the greens in February of last season, when Argyle drew 2-2 at Portsmouth.
On the day the greens returned to Home Park for pre-season training after a 6 week gap, Argyle manager Ryan Lowe has attained his FA Level 5 UEFA Pro Licence after an 18-month course. Lowe said: Lowe said: "The get this accolade and to mix with some of the best coaches in the country, speak with managers who have managed in the Premier League and in the Champions League is quite emotional really. I've learned a lot and met some fantastic people but you can't stop, you've got to keep learning and keep doing the right things. We want to have the best at the football club, the best people, the best players, the best coaches and we're definitely getting that now."
Argyle have been drawn alongside Newport County and Swindon Town in the 21/22 Papa John's Trophy competition. The League Two duo and Argyle make up three of the four teams in Group F of the southern section of the competition, with one further invited under-21 side to be announced at 4.30pm on Thursday.
Central defender Macaulay Gillesphey will join Argyle on a two-year contract upon expiry of his deal with Australian top-flight side Brisbane Roar. The left sided defender is Argyle's third acquisition of the window and came through Newcastle's academy before featuring prominently for Carlisle. Ryan Lowe said: "I am delighted to finally welcome Macaulay to Argyle. We have been monitoring his situation for some time and keeping regular contact with his agent, and we're really pleased to get this done. He has got some great defensive and attacking qualities and I am really looking forward to working with him."
Argyle have announced their second summer signing of the postseason with big centre back Dan Scarr joining after rejecting a contract from League Two outfit Walsall. The powerful defender has penned a two year deal and will wear the number six shirt for the greens.
Young striker Luke Jephcott has extended his stay with the greens for a further year. The young welsh striker was due to expire at the end of next season but has decided to extend with the greens after an 18 goal season that surpassed all expectations. Ryan Lowe said: "I'm very pleased that Luke has agreed to sign an extension with us. He's a talented youngster - a product of our Academy - and an asset for Argyle. He's a goalscorer, we know what he brings to the team, and he has an opportunity to kick on now and further develop with us."
Argyle have added another fixture to their busy pre-season schedule with championship outfit Swansea City visiting Home Park on Tuesday 20th July, for a 7pm kick-off.
The final of Argyle's 5 players to be offered an extended deal has accepted, with top assister Conor Grant putting pen to paper on a new two year deal. The stylish midfielder said: "I'm delighted to extend my time at Argyle - I've loved being a part of the club, and just want to keep progressing with the team. I am grateful to the gaffer and the staff for the belief they've shown in me, and I want to repay that. I also want to thank the fans for their continued support - I can't wait to see them back at Home Park next season."
Argyle fans have been boosted by the news that midfield playmaker Danny Mayor has extended his contract with Argyle by a further two years, accepting the offer from Ryan Lowe. Lowe said: "I'm obviously delighted that Danny has signed a new deal with us, he's one of the most exciting players in the division. I always had confidence that he would stay on, he loves it at Argyle, and his role at the club. To sign on for two more years, bringing him to four at Argyle and five under my management, shows his commitment to the project, and he's a big part of what we're about."
Argyle have announced that Tony Wrathall will step down as a director of the club with immediate effect, citing personal reasons. Wrathall's 7 year spell on the board will end as he moves over to become club president, a role that has been vacant since 2018. Wrathall said: "It's been an absolute privilege to serve Plymouth Argyle for 14 years as shareholder and director. I'm grateful to Simon for offering me the new position as Club President and I'm excited to see our club move forward to the next level of becoming a sustainable championship football club."
Argyle have confirmed a further two pre-season games, in addition to the two against Saltash and Tavistock that had already been confirmed for July 14th. Argyle will will kick off their pre-season schedule away at newly-promoted Plymouth Parkway on July 3rd. Furthermore, Argyle will play host to Middlesbrough on July 23rd, before welcoming Bristol City on July 27th.
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