Plymouth Argyle announced on Monday that young striker Luke Jephcott has signed a new contract at Home Park.
The news was confirmed on the club’s official website pafc.co.uk and the 20-year-old has been given strong backing by his manager to play a key role for them in League One next season.
Ryan Lowe told pafc.co.uk: “We’re very pleased to have got the deal done. Luke has still got elements of his game to work on, but he has clearly got a lot of potential, as he showed last season.
“As an Academy graduate, Luke has the Green Army fully behind him, and the opportunity is there now to kick on and try to make himself the main striker for Argyle.”
Wales underage international Jephcott wasn’t even in Lowe’s plans at the start of the season, instead being loaned out to non-league Truro City and only being recalled after an impressive spell there (as per pafc.co.uk).
He maintained his excellent form upon returning to his parent club, though, with four goals in his first two games back at Plymouth and seven in 14 appearances as they clinched promotion from League Two (as per TransferMarkt). Despite only playing just over 1,000 minutes for the Pilgrims in the 2019/20 season, the 20-year-old ended the campaign as their joint-second highest scorer alongside Ryan Hardie.
Jephcott could well be needed to fulfil Lowe’s prophecy about him becoming the main striker at Home Park, with this season’s leading marksman Antony Sarcevic confirming last week that he is leaving the club.
Jephcott could soon have some big responsibility thrust upon his young shoulders if indeed he is asked to lead the line for Plymouth in League One next season, having perhaps gone under the radar at League Two level with Sarcevic leading the way for the Pilgrims in 2019/20.
Can Luke Jephcott fill the void that has been left by Antony Sarcevic at Plymouth?
It promises to be a significant step up for the 20-year-old but he has briefly sampled the third tier before and, based on his form over the last few months, he has earned the opportunity to be Plymouth’s main man in attack for next season.
Plymouth fans, how big a boost is it to have Jephcott signed up for another season? Comment below with your views!
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