Plymouth Argyle take Craig Cathcart on loan
Posted by nickogs20 on August 8, 2008
United’s Northern Irish centre-half Craig Cathcart has joined Coca-Cola Championship club Plymouth Argyle on a six-month loan deal.
The highly-rated 19-year old was a late call-up to Sir Alex Ferguson’s first-team squad for the tour of Africa and impressed in games against Kaizer Chiefs and Portsmouth, drawing praise from the manager who also stated the Belfast-born defender would likely be sent out on loan this season. As such today’s announcement is no surprise, and nor is the player’s destination – Plymouth have in the past taken Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and Lee Martin on loan from the Reds and Argyle boss Paul Sturrock is known to have a good relationship with SAF.
Cathcart moves to Home Park looking to make up for lost time somewhat after a frustrating 2007-08 season. 2006-07 saw the Ulsterman come close to making his first-team debut and make a big impression in both the reserves and in the U18’s run to the Youth Cup final, and big things were expected of him moving into the following season. He spent the first half of that campaign on loan at United’s Belgian affiliate club Royal Antwerp, performing well but not really being tested as much by life in the Belgian second tier as he or the United manager would have hoped. Returning to Old Trafford in January, a domestic loan looked likely but niggling injuries contrived to limit him to just 7 reserve appearances over the next four months.
Plymouth have handed Craig the number 22 shirt and he goes straight into the squad for their opening-day clash with Wolves tomorrow. “He is a good centre-half with good qualities, and you don’t play for Manchester United if you’re not of a very decent standard,” Sturrock told Plymouth’s official site. “I am very happy to bring the boy on board and it is up to him to get himself in the team.”
You can follow Craig’s progress with the Devon club via our extensive weekly loan updates.