Plymouth Argyle have handed a trial to Ben Barclay, the 22-year-old centre back recently released by Premier League side Brighton and Hove Albion.
As reported by their official website, the defender has been given a chance to prove his worth in the south-west after his release by Graham Potter’s side. He made just one appearance for the Seagulls, in the EFL Cup, as well as three outings for their Under 21 side in the EFL trophy.
A loan move to Notts County followed where he appeared 13 times but was unable to prevent them from slipping out of the Football League. He returned to Brighton having missed the final two matches of the season following a suspension for a red card.
Plymouth are about to embark on a season back in League Two following their relegation at the end of the previous campaign. Their squad has already been torn apart, with Yann Songo’o, Ruben Lameiras, Graham Carey and Freddie Ladapo amongst those departing the club.
Ryan Lowe is expected to bring in many of the Bury players who earned him promotion last season, with Danny Mayor one player, in particular, he has his eye on.
Barclay looked composed enough for Notts County last season, but couldn’t stop them falling out of the Football League. Missing the last two matches of the season was costly, but he appeared committed to the cause which is more than can be said for some of their squad.
Having come through the ranks at Manchester City he has a certain pedigree and composure, but he needs regular football to develop further. Plymouth will be rebuilding significantly over the next few weeks and if he can impress, there is no reason why he can’t become a key member of their squad.
He’s clearly got the right attributes to succeed at this level, Brighton wouldn’t have signed him last summer if he doesn’t. It’s up to him to prove that to Ryan Lowe.