Striker Malachi Linton has joined National League South opponents Taunton Town on  a season-long loan deal.

The 22-year-old, who joined Yeovil on a two-year deal following his release by Wycombe Wanderers last summer, scored five times in 35 appearances last season and has featured for the Glovers in pre-season.

However, the arrival of Rhys Murphy, Jake Hyde and Frank Nouble in recent weeks has added extra competition for places at Huish Park.

Speaking to the Peacocks’ website, Linton said: “I’m excited to be here. The gaffer (manager Rob Dray) was a big pulling factor in getting me here and I just can’t wait to start playing for him and with my new team-mates.

Playing at different clubs under different managers you pick up something from each so hopefully I can implement what I have learnt to help the team achieve their goals this season.

Neither Yeovil or Taunton mention whether a recall clause is part of the deal although one assumes that Linton will not be available to play when the two sides meet for a Boxing Day-New Year’s Day double header,

Dray described the arrival of the former Ipswich Town youngster as “a bit of a coup” for the county town side.

He told “Signing Malachi on loan from Yeovil shows how far we have come and where we want to go.

He ticks a lot of boxes and is different to what we have got in our other forwards. He’s going to be a super lad to have in the team and he has a great attitude.

Sometimes you find with loanees that they don’t buy in but straightaway I could see he had a massive buy-in and wanted to help us.

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