Branston's determination will give us a lift, insists Sheridan
DEFENDER Guy Branston will bring 'drive and determination' to Argyle, according to manager John Sheridan.
Branston signed for the Pilgrims on Friday on a short-term deal until the end of the season.
The 34-year-old inherited the number five shirt, vacated by Darren Purse after his move to Port Vale, and played in the 2-1 victory over Morecambe at Home Park on Saturday.
It was the 450th appearance of a career which started in 1998, when he was on loan to Colchester United from Leicester City.
Branston had his contract at Aldershot Town terminated by mutual consent on January 3.
Prior to that, the powerful centre-back had spent a month on loan at Bristol Rovers, making four starts for them.
Branston has previously worked under Sheridan at Oldham Athletic.
Sheridan said: "I know what Guy is all about. He's enthusiastic and he does know the game. I like him as a lad.
"He has just come in and you could see the lift the players got from him.
"He gets on with everyone and he talks to everyone. He will tell off the younger players when he has to, but he will give them a hug when he has to. That's what I like about him.
"He has had a lot of clubs in his career but I know what he's all about.
"I think he has got a little bit of respect for me. He knows how I am and what type of person I am.
"I won't stand any messing from him and he knows that," continued the Pilgrims boss.
"I know what he could give us, especially in the position we are in. He can give us that drive and determination and, hopefully, get us out of where we are."
Purse made his debut for Port Vale in their 2-1 top-of-the-table win at Gillingham on Saturday.
The 35-year-old started at centre-back for the visitors from Staffordshire, picking up a yellow card in the process.
Vale moved above Gillingham and into top spot in League Two with the victory.