Young midfielder Toby Stephens has “a big future” at Yeovil Town and his latest loan spell will help his development, according to manager Darren Sarll.

Toby Stephens claps the Yeovil fans

The 18-year-old has been with Southern League Division One South & West side for the past month alongside Ollie Haste, who has turned out for the first-team in the Somerset Premier Cup and more regularly with the Under-18s.

Sarll confirmed that he will remain with the North Devon side until the end of the current campaign.

He said: “Toby is and is someone we have a long-term interest in. He’s doing great, I speak to (the Barnstaple manager) Craig Laird all the time, we’ve extended it til the end of the season, it gives him the games he would not get.

“I got a not particularly positive report on one game, I made him aware my eyes are everywhere and I’m not prepared to watch him not perform to his optimum.

“There needs to be a pressure on him to perform, he’s a wonderful young player and I hope he has a big future with our club.

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