New Plymouth Argyle manager Ryan Lowe is keen for a return to his old club Bury, as he attempts to sign 30-year-old midfielder Jay O’Shea from the Shakers this summer, according to the print edition of the Sun on Sunday (June 23, Page 60).
O’Shea has spent two years at Gigg Lane scoring 19 goals in 71 appearances in all competitions, whilst previously enjoying a career that has spanned 10 clubs in a 13 year period.
But would O’Shea prove to be a good addition at Home Park?
“Jay O’Shea is a very good player at League Two standard, as he showed with Bury last season.
“For a midfielder, he scores a lot of goals and would be a really good addition to a Plymouth side desperate to return to League One.
“At 30 it is unlikely he is going to improve, but he still has so much to offer – especially in terms of goals.
“After Plymouth have lost a goal-scoring midfielder in Carey it would be a suitable replacement while they are League One.”
“He was one of the best midfielders in the division last season so this would be a real coup for Argyle, and go some way in replacing Graham Carey.
“Ryan Lowe knows everything about him too which is a bonus, and granted him the freedom to be a really effective player last season, and he became more productive on the goal front as a result.
“O’Shea has always been a good player to have at League One or League Two level, and he will certainly excite Plymouth fans with his mazy dribbles and solo efforts. He will provide a pick-up to deflated fans and push Plymouth on towards the top of the table.
“Plymouth have also been linked with Danny Mayor, another Bury player who did brilliantly for Lowe last season, so it seems the new manager is making the most of his contacts ahead of what should be a campaign aiming for promotion.”
“I could see this one coming a mile off.
“With Ryan Lowe now in charge at Plymouth, he was always going to raid his former club for some of their key players before the new season got underway.
“O’Shea was hugely impressive for Bury last season, scoring 16 league goals as they won promotion into League One.
“But given the well-publicised off-the-field issues at Bury, it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise to see some key players leave the club.
“Plymouth will be targeting an immediate promotion back into League One, and they’d be making a smart signing in bringing in a player that is proven to score goals on a regular basis at League Two level.
“If they can convince O’Shea to make the step down into League Two, then Plymouth will surely be one of the favourites to win promotion next season.”