New Yeovil Town manager Chris Hargreaves has revealed he has spoken with former Glovers’ favourite Ed Upson and loanee Josh Neufville about potential returns to Huish Park.
But, speaking on the latest edition of the Gloverscast the new boss said that neither player had committed to making the move.
The new boss worked with Upson, a star of the club’s surge to the Championship from a decade ago, when Hargreaves was on the coaching staff at Bristol Rovers, and has spoken to him since his release by Stevenage.
Hargreaves said: “I know Ed, I worked with him at Rovers and had a great relationship with him and encouraged him to do what he does well.
“We have discussed things, I don’t know at this stage and that is for a number of reasons, one being the number of midfielders we already have.
“I like Ed as a person and a player, so I would never rule anything out. He’s someone I hold in high regard.”
Neufville is a huge fans’ favourite after two impressive loans from Luton Town and a recent social media post hinting at a possible return got fans’ excited about the prospective.
Hargreaves confirmed that he has spoken to him about coming back, but knows the 21-year-old will be looking to catch the eye of Nathan Jones, the ex-Glovers’ defender in charge at the Championship club.
The manager said: “I have spoken to Josh Neufville about a potential return to the club. With him, the manager will want him to go to the next level and he probably wants to show himself in pre-season, but he knows if there’s any glimmer of him coming back, he’s coming back.
“The door is open. The way he performed in some of the game, he looked like he gained from being here, so I would love him to be here.”
The club’s Head of Player Development, Marcus Stewart, is a former Yeovil Town team-mate of both Jones and Luton first-team coach Chris Cohen and Hargreaves was keen to point out that there was a connection there.
He said: “Marcus knows Nathan, I have spoken to Josh, Marcus has spoken to Nathan, so there is dialogue between everyone.
“I speak to Daz (Darren Sarll, Terry (Skiverton), I have spoken to a lot of people about the club and I’m hoping to gain something from everybody.
“I look at what Gary (Johnson) achieved with this club and I have been part of teams like that and what a fantastic thing to turn up and see yourself on the side of the stadium.
“I have to draw off those legends and they are all welcome, I don’t buy in to ‘those are the old times’, come through the door, let’s all be successful together.”
You can listen to the new Glovers’ boss talk about his hopes for the new season, his thoughts on his coaching staff, players and the future of winger Charlie Wakefield on the latest podcast, available – here.
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