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Posted Thursday, January 18th 2018

Vyner joins Plymouth on loan

Zak Vyner has joined Plymouth Argyle on loan for the remainder of the season.

The young defender will benefit from regular game time at Home Park, where the likes of Joe Bryan, Bobby Reid and Arnold Garita have all prospered in recent years.

Vyner, 20, has featured five times for the club this season, his most in a single campaign for City.

A previous spell on loan at Accrington Stanley saw him gain vital experience in League Two and now his switch to the Pilgrims allows him to play a division higher.

Head coach Lee Johnson this week admitted that he sees Vyner’s best potential being realised at centre-half. He has predominantly featured at right-back to date.

He said: “I really like Zak; he's a great character and a very, very good footballer. He's definitely got some development in him.

"I guess the question mark for Zak is what his ceiling is as far as positioning; is he going to maximise his career potential as a right-back or centre-half?

"As far as his technique goes and coming out with the ball, he can be a really top level centre-half. He needs to learn how to deal with the aggression and the little tricks of the trade you get from the lower league strikers. The little bumps you get at the right time.

"You see that Bailey Wright is now very clever at that. He takes people under the ball, he knocks them off balance and takes the ground. It's almost like sneaky stuff but within the rules of the game. The more Zak plays, the more he'll learn those little tricks of the trade and the better he'll become.

"He's a player we believe in and believe there's a pathway to our first team on a regular basis.”

Vyner is eligible to make his League One debut in Plymouth's home game with Wigan Athletic this weekend (Saturday, 3pm).

CITY’S LOAN STARS

Zak Vyner (Plymouth Argyle)
Diego De Girolamo (Chesterfield)
Taylor Moore (Cheltenham Town)
Joe Morrell (Cheltenham Town)
Shawn McCoulsky (Newport County)
George Dowling (Torquay United)
Jonny Smith (AFC Fylde)
Jojo Wollacott (Woking)
Harvey Smith (Weston-super-Mare)
Ashley Harper (Weston-super-Mare)
Max O'Leary (Solihull Moors)
James Morton (Bath City)
Cameron Pring (Hereford FC)
Denis Begovic (Paulton Rovers)
Lochlan Robertson (Cribbs FC)
Josh Mortimore (Cribbs FC)