Plymouth Argyle might not have enjoyed the end to their dismal season, but the early indications are that they could be in for a cracking campaign next season.
They’ve been linked with Ryan Lowe, the manager who oversaw Bury’s return to League One at the first time of asking, and if he joins then the Pilgrims could be set for a sensational season.
Lowe likes to play fast, attacking football with an emphasis on flair players who get forward and chip in with assists and goals. Danny Mayor thrived for them, as did Jay O’Shea.
Whilst he might be hoping to take a few players down there with him, Plymouth already have a Ryan Lowe type of player on their books.
Graham Carey has yet to sign a new deal and was one of Derek Adams favourite players. He may leave this summer, he’s free to walk away for nothing as his contract is set to expire, but if Lowe takes over then Carey should seriously consider staying put.
Carey is something of a maverick, a player who would perhaps best be described as thriving in a free role, but who filled a couple of position for Plymouth during his time. He can play as a second striker; he can come from deep or he can be deployed out wide.
That sort of versatility makes him attractive to potential suitors, but it would also give him a strong chance of being a key player for Argyle next season.
Players want to win trophies, whether it’s in the top flight or League Two and by staying with Plymouth, Carey could be in with a shout of the title next season. They’re a big club and if Lowe gets them playing as effectively as he did Bury, they stand a great chance of promotion.
Carey is a League One quality player, but in the lower level he’d bring double figures for both goals and assists. That might see him rewarded with silverware at the end of the season as well as the adulation of the Plymouth fans.
It all hinges on them bagging Ryan Lowe.