Lee Cox will strengthen Plymouth Argyle's midfield, says manager John Sheridan
MANAGER John Sheridan has taken steps to strengthen Plymouth Argyle's midfield with the signing of Lee Cox.
The 22-year-old (pictured right) will spend the rest of the season on loan to the Pilgrims from League One outfit Swindon Town.
Cox is available for the relegation 'six-pointer' against Aldershot Town at the Recreation Ground today (3pm).
He is the seventh signing made by Sheridan since his appointment as Argyle manager last month – and five of them have been on loan.
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Cox, a central midfielder, signed for Swindon from Scottish Premier League club Inverness Caledonian Thistle in January 2012.
Swindon paid an undisclosed fee, thought to be £50,000, for Cox, who put pen to paper on a contract until the summer of 2014.
Cox made two starts and five substitute appearances for the Robins last season as they finished top of League Two.
However, he was not even allocated a squad number by manager Paolo Di Canio for the current campaign.
Instead, he signed for near neighbours Oxford United on a six-month loan, which ended on January 1.
Oxford wanted to extend Cox's stay at the Kassam Stadium but a deal could not be struck and now he has signed for Argyle.
Sheridan said: "It (midfield) is a position which needs strengthening and I think he will do that."
Cox signed for Inverness in July 2009 after leaving Leicester City and was a regular part of their team when they were promoted to the SPL the following season.
During 2010/11, his team-mates at Inverness included Alex MacDonald, the former Argyle loan signing.
MacDonald was borrowed by Inverness from Burnley at the time, and he and Cox have been good mates ever since.
Cox made 56 starts and 11 substitute appearances for Inverness in the SPL and scored three goals before completing his move to Swindon.
It is likely Swindon will still be paying a significant part of Cox's wages while he is playing on loan for Argyle.
Sheridan's interest in signing Cox first emerged on Thursday morning, and at a media conference that lunchtime he was asked about the midfielder. His reply was: "Who's Lee Cox?"
The Pilgrims' boss was more effusive about Cox 24 hours later, after the loan deal had been finalised.
Sheridan said: "He played for Inverness in the Scottish Premier League for two years and did really well for them.
"He has played a bit part for Swindon and has been on loan at Oxford this season. The results when he was there were really good.
"The SPL is a very tough division and he handled himself well.
"He has got a very high workrate. He will get up and down the pitch and get in people's faces.
"He has competed at a good level and I think he will add to what we have got and hopefully improve us."
Cox trained at Swindon yesterday morning before meeting up with the Argyle team coach on its way to Hampshire for the game against Aldershot.
Sheridan said: "I thought it would be a bit silly for him to spend three hours coming down here (to Plymouth) and then hop on a bus back to where he had just come from.
"He's fully fit and he will be pushing for a place in the side. Just because he's coming, it doesn't mean he's automatically going to play."
Cox will wear the number 10 shirt for Argyle, which became vacant after the recent departure of striker Rhys Griffiths.