Saints sign Oldham fullback on one-month loan

Brackley Town have signed Oldham Athletic fullback Jack Truelove on a month’s loan ahead of their trip to Hednesford Town tomorrow (Saturday).

The 19-year-old will join up with his new teamates as Saints look to get back to winning ways in the Vanarama National League North after recent draws against Lowestoft Town and Stockport County.

Frank Sinclair’s side are currently sat 18th in the league with just two wins so far but the addition of Truelove from the Latics will look to bolster their defensive options.

Truelove said: “I am looking forward to working again with Frank Sinclair, as I played for him briefly last season while on-loan to Cowlyn Bay. I also know Frank on a personal level, as he is on the coaching staff at Oldham.

“While I know that Brackley have experienced a mixed bag of results this season, I went and watched them play against Stockport County last Saturday, and I thought they played some good football. They’re definitely better than what their current league position suggests.”

Despite being sidelined through injury for the whole of the 2013/4 season, Truelove made a return to first team action last season following a successful loan spell with Vanarama National League North side Stalybridge Celtic.

The Oldham fullback also endured pitch-time with Welsh club Colwyn Bay, before being recalled to Boundary Park and offered a new one-year deal following the appointment of former Latics’ manager Darren Kelly.

As part of the initial one-month’s loan agreement between both clubs, Truelove will continue to train with his parent club during the week, but will travel down from Manchester on Friday night to be available for selection for Saints on match days.

Truelove added: “The way Oldham like to play is to get the ball down and play out from the back, which I know Frank is an advocate of. Therefore, I see going out on loan to Brackley as a positive move.

“As a footballer, you can spend hours and hours practicing at the training ground, but you can’t beat playing on match days. Whether playing in the U21s, or being on the cusp of the first team [Football League],

“it’s important for young players like myself to gain as much pitch-time as possible. Needless to say, it will be great to be involved in some capacity against Hednesford Town on Saturday and push on from there.”

For all the reation on Saints’ game at Hednesford Town, see next week’s Banbury Guardian.