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Wolves midfielder Luke Cundle joins Plymouth on loan

Wolves youngster Luke Cundle has completed a season-long loan move to Plymouth Argyle.

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The midfielder has been left out of Wolves’ first team training and friendlies during pre-season and has been training with the under-21s, as several Championship clubs chased his signature.

After having his medical yesterday, Cundle has now joined newly-promoted Plymouth, as he returns to the Championship for a second season.

Cundle spent last year on loan at Swansea, where he made 32 league appearances, with 21 starts.

He impressed during his time in Wales but was not in Julen Lopetegui’s plans this season, and has been loaned for more game time.

Pathways manager Steve Davis said: “Luke had a good loan last season in the same league, so we felt this was another good fit. How they want to play will suit Luke, who is technically very good and wants to get on the ball, making things happen. He showed in the last few months what he can do in the final third and we want to see more of it.

“He brings experience of the league which is important to them back in the Championship. We had Nigel there last season and he played a lot of games. He enjoyed it and we hope Luke will too.

“There was interest around Luke because his first loan was a success, but Plymouth wanted to make it happen. He wants to play football and now he’s spent pre-season with the first-team, he’s hungry to get back out there and advance his development.”

Cundle links up with the Pilgrims ahead of their Carabao Cup tie with Leyton Orient on Tuesday evening.

Davis added: “It’s good for him to have to travel and be out of his comfort zone. It’s a big club and a great location to focus on his football, where there are less distractions. They are passionate fans, and the expectation is high, so it’s a good environment – a bit of pressure and it’s a chance to be consistent.

“He started to add digits to his game at Swansea, rather than just be a midfielder who connects the play. He showed he could influence the game more, score goals, create goals – that’s what we’re looking for now.

“He’s got to get in the team after they had a good first game. He wasn’t there for pre-season, he’s going into a group which has worked together, so he has to settle, but he’s adaptable and I’m sure he’ll let his football do the talking.

“He’s very focused and wants to play. He wants to influence games and impose himself. These loans are opportunities to prove yourself and get better. He’s trying to learn every day with his attitude and approach – he’s got that drive and hopefully we’ll see that from him at Plymouth.”

Chem Campbell is also due to leave on loan this summer after not being chosen by Lopetegui to head out on the club’s recent pre-season trip to Portugal and Ireland.

He spent the second half of last season at Wycombe and is likely to leave for more first team experience.

Wolves have already sent a number of players out on loan, as they made an impact on the opening day of the Football League. Ki-Jana Hoever scored Stoke’s first within just five minutes, in a 4-1 win over Rotherham, while Chiquinho stepped off the bench for Stoke after coming back from an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Dexter Lembikisa also made an appearance as a substitute for Rotherham, as he gains valuable first team minutes.

In League Two, young winger Tyler Roberts played 22 minutes for Doncaster as he made his professional debut, as they lost 1-0 to Harrogate.

Theo Corbeanu notched an assist for Grasshoppers, who beat Basel 3-1, while Yerson Mosquera continues to feature heavily for Cincinnati.

In the National League, Louie Moulden started for Rochdale as they lost 1-0 to Ebbsfleet United.