With finances tight at Home Park, new manager Peter Reid is relying on trialists to bolster the Argyle squad. And with former Everton player Anton Peterlin on the verge of signing on a one year deal, the persistence seems to be paying off, with hopefully more to come.
The American midfielder played a large extent of the pre-season games for Plymouth, including over an hour of the game against AZ Alkmaar. And it was enough to impress Reid with his energetic performances to earn a deal with the Pilgrims:
"He has done well in the games he's played, he has plenty of energy,” said the Plymouth manager. “We've got experience in [Damien] Johnson, [Carl] Fletcher and [Luke] Summerfield, but he's a bit younger and with legs. When it goes through, we'll be delighted to have him on board.”
Another trialist, former Pilgrim Tony Capaldi, who featured in Holland, is also looking for a deal, but with interest from another club, believed to be Crystal Palace, talks are on-going at the present.
The left back, who played over 100 times in front of the Green Army, is a free agent after leaving Cardiff City in the summer. But another left back who has also left his club in the summer and maybe competing with Capaldi for a contract is Lee Molyneux.
The 21-year-old spent a year with Southampton but only made four appearances in his entire time for the Saints. And the graduate of Everton's youth academy, who joined on trial at the weekend, will feature against Hereford United at Edgar Street in Plymouth’s penultimate pre-season friendly.
Reid is also looking at central defender Stephane Zubar, who is the younger brother of Ronald who plays his trade for Premier League club Wolverhampton Wanderers. Stephane, 23, has been with SC Vaslui in Romania's Liga 1 for the past two years making 33 appearances for them last season.
The manager decided to take a look at the defender after recommendations from the Wolves manager: “Mick McCarthy put me on to him and he will have a few days with us," said Reid.
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