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Loan move is keeping me sharp insists Worcester City keeper
1:00pm Saturday 19th January 2013 in Sport By Steve Carley - Midlands Sports Journalist of the Year 2013, @stevecarleyWN
MATT Sargeant is hoping his loan move to Chasetown will keep him sharp should Worcester City call on him.
The former Tipton Town stopper has joined the Scholars for a month following Glyn Thompson’s return to the side at St George’s Lane.
Sargeant has impressed for Worcester during his nine appearances this term but Thompson was preferred for both the 3-0 win at Colwyn Bay and last Saturday’s goalless stalemate against Altrincham.
With two good keepers on the books, manager Carl Heeley has opted to send Sargeant to the Evo-Stik Northern League Division One South outfit to ensure he continues to play. He can be recalled with 24 hours notice.
Sargeant, who lives close to Chasetown’s Church Street ground, is happy with the move and hopes he will be better for it.
“I want to get as many games in as I can and I had a word with Carl and Matt Gardiner. I said that I wanted to get the experience and was there a chance of going out on loan.
“Luckily enough, Chasetown were interested in me anyway for a loan. It’s ideal because it’s 20 yards from my house and it gets me playing.
“It’s not like an outfield player who can play in multiple positions like Danny Edwards, as a keeper you are waiting for someone to get sent off or injured.
“I don’t mind fighting for my spot but I want to be match sharp. I just want to be playing, whatever level it is.”
Sargeant, who played in Chasetown’s 4-0 win over Hucknall Town last Saturday, is one of three City players currently out on loan, with Shabir Khan at Halesowen Town and Danny Edwards with Redditch United.
Left-back Shabir, who has spent the last two seasons out with a serious knee injury, began the season in the team but subsequent groin and calf problems have limited his chances.
However, he did appear for Pakistan against Singapore in November and has been involved in Halesowen’s last two games against Romulus and Sheffield.
Left winger Edwards has started six games for Worcester this term but has appeared as a substitute 11 times. His versatility at left-back has been an asset but, with players coming back from injury, he has found himself missing out when it comes to the matchday 16.
Edwards played in the Reds’ 3-0 Evo-Stik Southern League Premier Division defeat to Bedford last weekend.