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Yeovil Town bring in Jack Price to cover for injured Simon Gillett

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

By CHRIS SWEET

Jack Price, right, has joined Yeovil Town from Wolves on a monnth's loan

Jack Price, right, has joined Yeovil Town from Wolves on a monnth's loan

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Yeovil Town have acted quickly to cover for the loss of Simon Gillett by bringing in Wolves midfielder Jack Price as a replacement on a one-month emergency loan.

Former Bristol City loanee Gillett limped from the field last Saturday against Barnsley and was expected to have a scan on his injured knee either yesterday or today.

Twenty-year-old Price is yet to make an appearance following Wolves' return to the Championship. He found himself behind Kevin McDonald, David Edwards, Lee Evans, Tommy Rowe and Michael Jacobs in the pecking order before George Saville arrived in the Midlands last month.

Price's temporary exit represents a significant U-turn from Wolves' boss Kenny Jackett, who said on Saturday: "He is competing for places.

"He hasn't had a (League) game yet, he hasn't had a start yet but I've picked the same side and we've won three out of four.

"If we can stay injury free and keep winning three out of four then I'll be very, very happy with that."

However, with Gillett's injury meaning Price will be thrown straight into the Yeovil starting XI – starting with tonight's Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash with Portsmouth at Huish Park – Jackett has performed a U-turn and sanctioned the loan deal.

"We had a request in this morning from Yeovil to take Jack," Jackett said. "They specifically asked for him and they have injuries at the moment, so he'll go straight into their team, which is a good thing.

"He hasn't had the games yet this season, with our midfield looking good again. For us there is the possibility of him being involved there in seven games which is good and for the first two of those weeks, we don't play (due to the international break).

"To release him for no more than a month initially, will be a good thing because it gets him up and running in terms of game-time. He's had a solid pre-season and in his breakthrough season last year he did very well.

"Hopefully now he can build on that, and with this loan spell, he can be ready for if and when his opportunity comes this season because it's a long season. Both clubs will take it for a month and then assess it at the end of that time."

On Gillett's injury, Johnson said on Saturday: "The physios fear for the injury at the moment so we will have to get a scan on him to see what it is.

"Of course that will be a big loss to us at this moment in time, although I thought Sam Foley did quite well."

Now unbeaten in three games and showing signs of improvement, Johnson said now is the time to reward fans with goals aheasd of tonight's JPT first round tie.

"The overriding emotion is more that I was proud of their second half performance against Barnsley," said the boss.

"In the second half we showed that willingness and effort and desire to get in the box and create chances. Sometimes quality comes out, sometimes it doesn't, but what did come out was the passion.

"The amount of shots, free kicks and corners mean we would have liked to have scored more than one. We showed our public that there is a team there and in the second half we showed we should have come away 2-or 3-1 winners."

Johnson continued: "Every team is going to say on occasions that their strikers aren't putting the ball in the back of the net. I need to see us being potent and being that constant threat in the final third and give our fans something to get behind. In the second half we did that."

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