Yeovil Town have moved a step closer to completing their squad for the new season by adding Reading striker Gozie Ugwu on a six-month loan.
The 19-year-old forward became Gary Johnson’s 11th signing of the summer, and travelled to Somerset having signed a new two-year contract with the Royals yesterday.
Yeovil assistant manager Terry Skiverton feels the new arrival is well equipped to challenge more experienced colleagues James Hayter and Reuben Reid for a place in the Glovers’ starting XI.
“We’ve already seen in training today his attributes, and he’s going to be a really good addition to the squad,” said Skiverton. “He’s got the legs to get in behind and stretch the play, but he’s a good hold-up player as well.”
Ugwu came through the Academy at the Premier League club alongside ex-Yeovil loan signing Lawson D’Ath, who advised the striker on the move to Huish Park.
Oxford-born Ugwu is yet to make a first-team appearance at the Madejski Stadium, but enjoyed a successful 2011-12 loan spell at Ebbsfleet United.
He ended last season at the Blue Square Bet Premier club, netting four times in nine appearances as well as laying on another four goals for the non-League outfit.
Ugwu becomes the second loan signing of the summer to arrive at the Somerset club, after Rohan Ince made the move from Chelsea. Skiverton added that the Glovers were looking forward to giving the striker some significant Football League experience.
The Yeovil number two said: “He’s looking to get into the League now and he’s another one who the gaffer is going to give his League debut and his first goal.
“It’s a really positive step for us to sign a good, young, hungry player who wants to come in and do well for Yeovil Town.”
The Glovers host Plymouth Argyle at Dorchester Town’s Avenue Stadium tomorrow, with defender Curtis Haynes-Brown possibly in line for his first game of the summer.
Skiverton said: “Everyone should be filtering back into training tomorrow out of those who have missed out today. It was all just precautionary things after Poole, with just bumps and bruises rather than pulls and strain.
“Curtis did a little session today and he should be back and integrating with the squad soon as well. Dom Blizzard [wrist] is still maybe a week to a week-and-a-half away.”