Manager Keith Hill on Matty Gillam’s loan move to Cork City…
“It’s the right time of the season for him to go out on loan,” said Hill.
“Looking at the games we’ve got coming up, there are players in front of him, so we felt it was the right opportunity for him to go and play for Cork.
“It’s a good standard of football, there’s a certain amount of pressure on Cork being successful in their league, because they’re one of the big hitters, if you like, so it’s a good environment for him to go into.
“Gilly is a big part of our future but we’ve got to make sure we maintain our future. The last 14 games that we’ve got coming up are high pressure games, which are probably best suited for a more experienced player. The development games, such as the Checkatrade Trophy, have passed now, so there are going to less opportunities for the younger members of the squad.
“Generally, we are home birds. We’ve got to express ourselves and maybe that’s going over to Ireland or into Europe, to experience different cultures.
“I'm glad Gilly has taken the opportunity. It would have been simple for him to stay here, but he’s taken up that challenge.
“John [Caulfield, Cork Manager] has been over to see us training during their close season and he’s been really impressed with Gilly on the training pitch. I’m pleased we’re building a relationship with Cork City.”