Plymouth Argyle striker Luke Jephcott joins Swindon Town on loan

Striker Luke Jephcott has completed a season-long loan move from Plymouth Argyle to League Two side Swindon Town, who also have the option to make the deal a permanent one.

The 22-year-old travelled to the County Ground this afternoon and his deal was announced at 10.30pm tonight, just half-an-hour before the summer transfer window deadline.

His departure from Home Park comes after Argyle signed 6ft 4in forward Sam Cosgrove from Championship club Birmingham City on a season-long loan.

Cosgrove will go straight into the Pilgrims’ squad for their away League One game against Derby County at Pride Park on Saturday.

Pilgrims’ boss Steven Schumacher now has Cosgrove, Niall Ennis, Ryan Hardie and Morgan Whittaker as attacking options to select from.

Jephcott, whose Argyle contract runs until next June, became available for a move away from Argyle as he did not suit the newly-introduced 3-4-2-1 system used by Schumacher this term.

Swindon first team head coach Scott Lindsey told Town’s media team: “This a great signing for the club and shows our intent. He’s a real fox in the box and a natural goal scorer.

“He’s also a player we have been keeping a close eye on for a while now, so I’m really pleased to have him in the building.

“He brings with him a wealth of League One experience with over a hundred appearances, and that can only be a huge positive for us.”

Swindon technical director Sandro Di Michele added: “I’m absolutely over the moon to get a player of Luke’s calibre into the club.

“Time constraints have meant we have only been able to get him in on loan for now, but we have an option to make the deal permanent which was our original plan, so having this in place is key for us.

“Luke is a top player with an exceptional goalscoring record in League One, as well as being a natural penalty box finisher, so the deal is a big one for the football club.”

Former Wales under-21 international Jephcott was Swindon’s fifth signing of a busy transfer deadline day for them, which also included former Tottenham Hotspur right-back Marcel Lavinier, Aston Villa academy product and striker Rushian Hepburn-Murphy and Irish goalkeeper Conor Brann.

Swindon, who are 17th in League Two with seven points from their first six games, are away to Gillingham – who have Argyle left-sided defender Ryan Law on loan to them – on Saturday.

Schumacher revealed at his pre-Derby Press call on Thursday lunchtime that Jephcott was poised to leave Argyle.

He said: “Luke Jephcott is likely to be going out because, as you have seen, he hasn’t got on the pitch the last couple of games.

“It’s just important Luke goes out and plays because he’s a good player. He’s a proven goalscorer. He’s just not playing at the moment in our system.

“It’s important for him he goes and plays, gets a run of games and scores the goal he can do so he will be leaving.”

Schumacher added: “He’s a great lad, he trains well, but he’s no good sitting on the bench. He’s not the best impact player anyway, he needs to be playing.

“He needs chances for him, and when he gets chances in the box, as we have seen over the years, he can score. He has got to go to a team that is going to play a way that suits him.”

Jephcott has made a total of 84 starts and 34 substitute appearances for Argyle since making his debut in 2018 and scored 37 goals. He is out of contract next summer.

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