Schofield keeping tabs on loan rangers

Last updated : 05 February 2007 By Daniel Coles

As the club brought in four new signings during the January transfer window, City would also allow striker Martin Gritton and midfielder Tom Wilkinson to leave the club on loan to feature in competitive action.

Whilst it would be just as easy to forget them, though, first team coach John Schofield is insistent that he'll be keeping an eye on the progress of the duo. Speaking exclusively to LCM prior to Saturday's 3-1 defeat, Schofield said: “They're on loan from this football club, and are still a part of what we're trying to do here.

“It's just an opportunity for them to get first-team games.”

His comments suggest the duo would appear that all hope is not lost for players like Martin Gritton and Tom Wilkinson, who have found first team opportunities hard to come by at Sincil Bank.

The situation of Martin Gritton – who has played to rave reviews for League Two rivals Mansfield – will be reviewed toward the end of his loan spell at Field Mill. Schofield commented: “Martin Gritton's on loan until the end of the season, and there'll be a decision made later on in the season.”

As for home-grown Tom Wilkinson, on loan at Conference side Grays Athletic, Schofield is keen for the midfielder to gain some experience and kick-start his career. Reflecting on the youngster's performance in the reserves earlier last week, Schofield said: “It'll give him opportunity to be involved a little more in a first team environment, but his situation will be monitored.”

Off the back of his hat-trick against bottom side Torquay, Martin Gritton endured a frustrating afternoon against Shrewsbury, having a goal disallowed shortly after being booked in the Stags' 1-1 draw.

Elsewhere, Wilkinson was an unused substitute in their F.A. Trophy 3rd Round victory over Yeading.