Plymouth boss explains why he sent Harry Burgoyne back to Wolves

A general view of Molineux before the Capital One Cup First Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newport County at Molineux on August 11, 2015 in Wolverhampton, England.

Goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne was loaned out by Premier League newcomers Wolverhampton Wanderers to League One outfit Plymouth Argyle in the summer.

Harry Burgoyne of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers  and Birmingham City at Molineux on April 15, 2018 in Wolverhampton, England.

Harry Burgoyne will have been rubbing his hands together at the prospect of getting some first-team football under his belt at Plymouth Argyle.

But the highly-rated Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper saw his loan spell at Home Park ruined when he suffered a broken ankle in pre-season. And, despite returning to action after four months on the sidelines, Plymouth have now made the decision to cancel Burgoyne’s loan before he has even made an appearance for the League One side.

In quotes reported by Plymouth Live, manager Derek Adams has confirmed that the 21-year-old has been sent back to Molineux with Matt Macey, who is on loan from Arsenal, establishing himself as Argyle’s number one.


“He was due to be on loan to us until January but it has been cancelled between ourselves and Wolves,” Adams said.

“We stopped paying Wolves (Burgoyne’s wages) at the end of last month to allow him to play for their under-23 team.”

“We took in Matt Macey to replace Harry when he unfortunately broke his ankle. From that point of view, we will now be able to use the finance somewhere else.”

Matt Macey of Plymouth Argyle during the Sky Bet League One match between Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle at New Meadow on November 27, 2018 in Shrewsbury, United Kingdom.

Burgoyne made his first appearance of the season this week, starting between the sticks as Wolves’ U23s drew 1-1 with Oxford United in the Premier League Cup, making a number of fine saves but conceding a penalty.

And, in truth, Burgoyne is probably better off finding a new club for the second half of the campaign as he was likely to be stuck on the Plymouth bench.

Harry Burgoyne of Wolverhampton Wanderers during The Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round between Liverpool and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Anfield on January 28, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

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