It’s always difficult breaking through at a top tier side, players often having to drop down leagues on loan deals to get consistent game time. That’s the scenario that faced Bournemouth’s Jayden Stockley when he signed on loan at League Two Exeter City on January 11.
The 22-year-old, who spent the first half of the 2015/16 season on loan at League Two Portsmouth where he scored three in 10 games, signed for the Grecians a mere six days ago and has played two games for the Devon-based League 2 side. However, in those two games, the Poole-born youngster has already matched his Portsmouth total, including a brace against Leyton Orient in Saturday’s 3-1 win for Exeter.
Speaking to Exeter’s website, Stockley expressed his delight at the move and how it’s paying dividends with regard to regularly hitting the target. The youngster said, “It’s always good to get the goals,” Jayden said. “I happened to play against a lot of my former clubs with the amount of times that I’ve been out on loan, but we got the three points that we needed today, so job done as far as we’re concerned.”
Speaking of the goals against Leyton Orient, Stockley added, “”It was nice to get a good, clean contact on the second goal, and the delivery for the first one was perfect. ”
The Premier League youngster also mentioned what he feels that he needs to do to remain amongst the goals whilst on loan at Exeter telling the club website, “I just have to keep on timing those runs, as with the quality that we have in the team, the ball will be going into the right places. I was delighted to get the first goal, and so quicly in response too. I knew I timed the run right for the second, but it was odd to see just me on my own up there! I could have taken the touch, but sometimes you just have to back your ability and tuck it away.”
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