Former Exeter City man Callum Rowe has bolstered the Yeovil Town squad ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend double header.

The 22-year-old, who has played mostly as a defender but can also operate in midfield, has joined on “a short-term deal” following his release by the League One new boys at the end of last season.

The Aston Villa academy graduate is expected to be available for the visit by Dagenham & Redbridge to Huish Park on Saturday and the trip to Wealdstone on Bank Holiday Monday.

Glovers’ boss Chris Hargreaves said: “Callum comes from a very strong footballing background. His time with Aston Villa has stood him in really good stead, both as a player and a person.

We’ve been having a look at him in training in recent sessions, and during that time he has impressed all of the coaching staff.

He’s got experience in the men’s game under his belt and compliments our changing room excellently.

Speaking on Thursday, Hargreaves said he expected to announce two signings before the weekend with a second arrival expected to be the seventh loan in the squad.

He had a trial at Scottish Championship side Dundee following his release by Exeter, playing in a pre-season friendly last month but failing to win a deal.

The Leicester-born player was part of a youthful Aston Villa side which went toe-to-toe with Liverpool in the FA Cup third round in January 2021, providing an assist for his side’s only goal scored by Louie Barry in a 4-1 defeat.

Following his release, he joined Exeter last summer and after a couple of early appearances went out on loan at Chippenham Town and Bath City in National League South before returning to make seven appearances in the final couple of months of the League Two season which saw the Grecians promoted.

Speaking at the time, Exeter boss Matty Taylor said: “We could easily have given Callum a contract and sent him out on loan, but that’s not always beneficial for the club or the player.

Any player we re-sign, or sign in the future, we have to be really strong in our mindset that they are going to improve and they will improve this current group.

Welcome to Huish Park, Callum!

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