Young Wolves ace Harry Burgoyne joins non-league Lowestoft Town on loan as boss Gallagher gets tough
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Boss Ady Gallagher fired a warning to his players after securing the services of a talented Football League operator.
Lowestoft Town yesterday completed the 28-day youth loan capture – which could be extended until the end of the season – of Wolves keeper Harry Burgoyne. The 6ft 5in Championship talent joins summer signing Marcus Garnham and Jake Jessup in the shot-stopping ranks at Crown Meadow as Gallagher seeks to end an eight-match winless run in National League North.
The Blues' boss, whose men host Chorley this afternoon, said: 'Wolves have got high hopes for Harry and they want him to experience competitive men's football rather than Academy matches.
'We appreciate what Wolves have done for us and it would be great if the move could open the door for more loan deals with what is a great club. Harry's arrival puts Marcus and Archie (Jessup) under great pressure and it creates more competition for places. If I'm honest, I haven't been blown away with either of them so far this season. We've got to be tighter as a defensive unit.
'Archie started well and then lost his place through unavailability while Marcus has had some ups and downs. If an opportunity comes to improve us in any position then we're always going to take it. No one is safe if their performances are not consistently up to the highest level. If players are not at the top of their game they'll get left behind because we need to keep moving on.'
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Burgoyne, who joined Wolves at the age of 12, signed a two-year professional contract with the Molineux outfit in the summer but has only enjoyed non-competitive first-team action.
'After speaking with Ady I got a good vibe from him, and what he wants to achieve at Lowestoft,' said the 18-year-old – still set to train with the Wolves Academy during the week – who is expected to make his debut today.
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'It's imperative to play under a manager that has a clear direction of what he wants, so I see going on loan to Lowestoft as a really positive move. I'm looking forward to the challenge.
'It's obviously great being signed to Wolves – I love the set-up there, but I also recognise the value of gaining as much pitch-time as possible, which is important at this stage of my career.'