Tom Knowles has backed loan signing Lewis Simper to be an exciting attacking force when he returns after a spell on the sidelines.

The 20-year-old midfielder joined on loan from Cambridge United in July but has not featured having fallen ill with COVID-19 followed by an injury which saw him return to his parent club for treatment.

However, Glovers’ boss Darren Sarll confirmed he hopes to have him back with his squad later next week.

Knowles was a good friend of Simper’s from their time together at Cambridge and said the pair spoke about how his game had developed since arriving in Somerset.

Tom Knowles is caught by FC Halifax Town captain Niall Maher inside the box.
Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

He said: “I have known Lewis from my time at Cambridge, when he knew Yeovil were interested in taking him on loan he was straight on the phone to me.

“I could not sell the club more to him and he was really keen to get down and play and I told him how good it had been for me and my development.

“For him, this is a great opportunity to come here and get some games and play well and I am sure when he’s back on the pitch he is going to excite the fans.

“He is going to chip in with some goals and you will get 100% from him every week, he’s a really talented player and I am sure he will hit the ground running and the fans will enjoy watching him play.

On Tuesday, Cambridge boss Mark Bonner confirmed Simper was back at the League One club to aid his recovery.

Speaking ahead of the weekend’s visit to Boreham Wood, Sarll added: “I think  Monday at the earliest, I would expect next Thursday he will be back in with us which would be good.”

Knowles added that he hopes to find his scoring form having had a prolific pre-season, but was full of praise for his team-mates Joe Quigley and fellow winger Charlie Wakefield.

He said: “We have a good balance across the front three because (Charlie Wakefield) is a lot like Josh (Neufville) from last year, a great ball carrier who gets down the line and gets crosses in.

“Joe has obviously had great start to the season, chipping in with a lot of goals, and he can do a lot, running in behind or being a target man, he is very technically gifted.

“For me this year, I have played more out on the left, so I like to roll in and link up with Joe and Charlie because I know they are going to be there.


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