Fletcher thrilled to land Jenkins
PLYMOUTH Argyle have bolstered their injury-hit central midfield options with the one-month loan signing of Watford's Ross Jenkins.
The 21-year-old completed his move in time to be included in the Pilgrims' away game against Morecambe today (3pm).
Jenkins has played only once for Watford this season, after the appointment of Gianfranco Zola in the summer.
However, he has made 66 starts and 15 substitute appearances in the Championship since he was given his debut by the Hornets in August 2008.
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Fletcher believes that amount of experience at that level of football means Jenkins will be a valuable addition to his squad.
Summer signing Jamie Lowry has not played this season because of ankle ligament damage, while Paul Wotton suffered a groin injury in the 3-1 defeat by Port Vale at Home Park last Saturday.
So the arrival of Jenkins will see him compete with Conor Hourihane and Luke Young for places in the centre of midfield.
His loan from Watford will cover a period of eight games, up to and including Argyle's trip to Rotherham United on October 27.
Fletcher said: "I'm delighted to have him in. He's only 21 but he has got 80 Championship games under his belt.
"With Wots and Jamie Lowry out, it's good for us to bolster the midfield area of the squad. We have earmarked him through our scouting network, and we have spoken to people we know."
One of the references they received for Jenkins came from Argyle goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin, who was signed as a free agent from Watford in July.
Fletcher said: "A lot of changes have gone on at Watford and the chances might be a bit limited for Ross so he just wants to come and play, and that's ideal for us."
Jenkins, capped once by England at under-20 level, played against Argyle three times when they were a Championship club.
The first occasion was in March 2009, when Watford were beaten 2-1 at Home Park, courtesy of two goals from Pilgrims' striker Paul Gallagher.
Jenkins also lined up for the Hornets when they won 1-0 at Home Park six months later, with midfielder Tom Cleverley – now a Manchester United and England midfielder – getting the only goal.
He then played for Watford when they beat Argyle 1-0 at Vicarage Road in April 2010.
Fletcher added: "He's still only young but has got a lot of games under his belt. You don't play 80 times in the Championship without being half decent."