Ryan Lowe: Argyle are ‘in a great position’ over squad building

Ryan Lowe has spoken of his satisfaction at the way his 2020/21 Plymouth Argyle squad is taking shape.

The Pilgrims’ boss has brought in four summer signings, with former Crawley Town midfielder Panutche Camara the most recent addition on Friday.

Strikers Ryan Hardie and Frank Nouble have also been brought in by Lowe, as well as former Argyle captain and goalkeeper Luke McCormick.

Lowe is not finished with his squad building yet, with the new League One campaign still five weeks’ away.

But, at this early stage of pre-season, Argyle have a squad which already has plenty of strength to it.

Lowe said: “We are in a great position and I really have to thank the chairman (Simon Hallett), the board of directors and our recruitment staff.

“We have been working hard since December last year to get this recruitment policy right.

“We have put everything in place, the right protocols, the lot. And as I have said before we won’t be bullied by agents.

“We have been quite shrewd in what we have been trying to do and we will continue to do that.”

Lowe confirmed after the 2-1 behind-closed-doors win against Plymouth Parkway at Home Park on Saturday that talks were ongoing with other player targets.

Midfielder Panutche Camara has signed for Argyle. (Image: PAFC)

The Argyle manager said: “The lads will have a day off tomorrow and recover.

“We will get back to work Monday and we will pick the phone up again and see where it takes us.”

Nouble and Camara were not involved in the Argyle squad against Parkway as they began their pre-season later than their new team-mates.

Hardie was also an absentee, with his partner about to give birth to their first child.

Lowe revealed that Camara, who spent the last three seasons with Crawley Town, had been a long-term target of his.

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“Panutche has been on our radar since we played against them last season,” said the Pilgrims’ boss.

“We had someone watching him throughout and there are lots of good things about him.

“He has got energy, he’s 23 years of age – he fits that bracket –he has done League Two easy, he’s now coming into League One.

“Him and his agent said they wanted to go somewhere where the football suited him. Other clubs are always after good players but for us to get him was a big coup.

“He’s going to give us energy, desire, he has got a great attitude to keep working and keep learning, and we have got to coach him to be the best he can be.”

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Camara can operate in central midfield, a position which has been vacated by the departure of Argyle’s 2019/20 player-of-the-year Antoni Sarcevic.

However, Lowe explained that Camara also had versatility about him.

Lowe said: “Yeah, he can do Sarce’s role, but he can play anywhere in there. He can even play off the front.

“We have now got to work and put our philosophy and style of play into him, which we will over the next few weeks.

“He’s a little bit behind on the fitness. We are really looking forward to working with him and he’s going to be a great asset to us.”

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