By Terry Brumpton
Barnstaple Town are delighted to have played a small part this season in the progress of Plymouth Argyle prospect Ollie Tomlinson.
The 18-year-old defender joined Dean Edwards’ side on loan from Argyle at the beginning of this season, making his Barum debut in the FA Cup home win over Helston. Seven days later, he made his league debut in the away game at AFC Totton.
Having made his senior bow for Argyle back in September against Norwich City in an early group game in the Papa John’s Trophy, Tomlinson came on as a 68th-minute substitute in the penultimate game of the season at home to Sunderland.
He was rewarded with his first start for the Pilgrims in the 1-0 defeat at Gillingham, which saw him earn glowing praise from his manager Ryan Lowe.
Barnstaple boss Edwards was delighted on hearing the news, and said it was just reward.
“I can`t speak highly enough of Ollie during his time with us. He came in, never complained, got on with his work and was a credit to him and his family.
“I have no doubt that Ollie, if he continues to work hard, can go on to enjoy a successful career in the Football League, and I for one will be monitoring his progress very carefully.
“I think that Ollie is a terrific example for any youngster that if they come on loan to Barnstaple Town, then it may well help them in their future careers, as it gives them terrific experience and vital match time, which is what they need at a young age.
“During the close-season, we have a number of trialists coming to the club, and I will certainly be looking at each of them very carefully.”
Tomlinson played a total of 11 games for Barnstaple.