Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

Young Yeovil Town midfielder Toby Stephens has joined National League South side Hemel Hempstead Town on a one-month loan deal.

The 18-year-old, who came through the Yeovil Town Community Sports Trust set up and captained its Under-18s side, will link up ahead of The Tudors’ home match with Dartford on Saturday.

Glovers’ manager Darren Sarll had said on Thursday that he expected Stephens to go out on loan to get more first-team experience.

Confirming the move, he said: “Despite our small squad size, I believe it’s fundamental for Toby’s development, that the young man gets some minutes within a first team environment.

“He’s going to be playing one league below us, so it’s a good standard and learning experience for him which we will both reap the rewards from.

Stephens has made two substitute appearances for the Glovers this season having come off the bench five times in the last National League campaign.

The only first-team fixtures he has started have been the Somerset Premier Cup against Bridgwater United and Larkhall United.

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