Ryan Lowe’s first signing as Plymouth Argyle manager was revealed this morning, completing the free transfer of Joe Edwards from Walsall.

The signing comes on The Pilgrims’ first day of pre-season training, a milestone which had previously been of concern to many Argyle fans. The Greens previously have a senior squad of only 17 players, with 6 of these being first-year professionals.

Edwards’ move also symbolises the first step in Ryan Lowe’s rebuild of the squad that was relegated from League One on the final day of last season. Midfielders David Fox, Jamie Ness, Yann Songo’o, Graham Carey and Ruben Lameiras have all departed Home Park this summer. As a result, Argyle fans can expect a wholly transformed side for the new campaign.

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The 28-year-old midfielder was relegated from League One with Walsall last term, making 20 appearances as The Saddlers finished their campaign in 22nd position. Edwards would have featured far more prominently last season if it weren’t for a knee ligament injury suffered during the 2017/18 season.

Edwards appears the suited to an ambitious Plymouth Argyle side that deems anything but an immediate return to League One as a failure. He was part of the Yeovil side that achieved promotion to the Championship in 2012/13. Edwards made 50 appearances and was named as The Glovers’ Player of the Season as they were relegated in their one season in England’s second tier.

Following three seasons and 132 appearances for Yeovil, Edwards spent the 2015/16 campaign at League One Colchester United, before transferring to Walsall. Edwards will clearly be missed by many Walsall fans, who have already expressed their sadness at the transfer on Twitter this morning.

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Argyle fans, on the other hand, have been left feeling optimistic. There are rumours of more signings arriving later today, with The Green Army excited for Lowe to reveal the plans behind his rebuild.

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