Charlie Wakefield will still be an attacking threat for Yeovil Town this season whatever position he is playing in, according to manager Chris Hargreaves.

The winger, who played down the flanks and as a centre forward at times last season, has been used predominantly as a wing back in pre-season.

Charlie Wakefield. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

But, speaking ahead of the opening National League match against Scunthorpe United, Hargreaves said the former Chelsea youngster had displayed an ability to perform in a number of positions.

He said: “He is still going to play in those further forwards and we have reverted to some systems in pre-season, the behind-closed-doors game (against Sherborne Town), in training games and we have worked on different systems.

We are trying to get a group of players on the pitch that are adaptable. Charlie sees himself as an attacking player and he will be whether it is at wing-back, right wing or centre forward, he can play all three of them.

What I have been pleased and impressed with is that he wants to play in all those positions and do well in them which will only benefit him, if he wants to play at a higher level, if he nails those positions you are a much more attractive position for any of those clubs.”

There was no confirmation from the manager that Bristol City goalkeeper Will Buse would be joining on loan despite rumours coming out of Ashton Gate.

The 20-year-old, who lives in Yeovil, was strongly linked with a move to Huish Park after he was recalled from a spell at Taunton Town and despite first-choice Grant Smith and back-up keeper Max Evans already being on the books.

Asked about a move for a keeper by BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins, the manager said: “There are lots of rumours, I can’t comment on them but it’s a fast-moving sport and there might be a couple of other conversations being had before the weekend.

“We need to focus on getting better, creating that bond between the group, I think there’s a long way to go and a lot of work to do.

“We are not naïve to think we have it right so far, we need to keep recruiting well in a competitive market.”

Youngsters Toby Stephens and Ollie Haste are both on loan at Southern League Premier Division South side Truro City.

Toby Stephens

Stephens was spotted turning out for the Cornish side, who are managed by ex-Glovers’ midfielder Paul Wotton, in a pre-season friendly against Torquay United last weekend.

Hargreaves said he hoped the pair would benefit from playing “at least a month of competitive football” for the White Tigers.

He said: “I have worked in under-23 set ups at different clubs and you can be a ‘lost group’ where you get to 23 or 24 years old and you have not made any league appearances at any level.

We want them to play men’s football where it means a lot on a Saturday afternoon.

“They were very close to staying around it with us but I feel for them that they need that month at least of competitive football.

I have spoken to Paul Wotton who has been delighted with them in training sessions, so it’s about them making an impression and that is what they are determined to do.

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