I don't mind where I play for Plymouth Argyle, says Jamie Lowry
PLYMOUTH Argyle new boy Jamie Lowry is delighted to be returning to his roots and relishing the opportunity to help the Pilgrims progress this season.
Cornishman Lowry is Argyle manager Carl Fletcher's third new signing of the summer, having followed striker Paris Cowan-Hall and goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin through the Home Park in-door.
Lowry said he had been hoping for a move 'closer to home' and did not need much persuading when Argyle offered him a one-year contract earlier this month.
The 25-year-old comes to the League Two club with the reputation of being a capable option at right-back, central defence and central midfield.
Lowry does not dispute the utility player description, saying he will be willing and happy to fill whichever role Fletcher deems necessary.
He will begin to stake his claim for a regular Argyle place at Dorchester this Saturday when the Dorset club host the Pilgrims' first pre-season friendly with Yeovil Town (3pm).
League One Yeovil's Huish Park is being protected from damage caused through the wet summer, so the Magpies' Avenue Stadium has been made available to them.
Newquay-born Lowry is not bothered where the match takes place as, like his new Argyle team-mates at UCP Marjons, he is eager to put his pre-season fitness to the test on Saturday.
Lowy told Herald Sport his reputation of being Mr Versatile does not bother him one jot.
He said: "I don't really mind where I play. I've played a bit of everywhere in my time.
"I'll play whichever position the gaffer feels we need cover. It doesn't bother me; I just want to play football."
Lowry says in the brief time he has been at Argyle, he detects a good vibe in the air that better times are around the corner, after the Greens' seven months in administration and brush with relegation to non-league football in 2011/12.
"I've always followed Argyle's fortunes and know that last season was tough for them," said Lowry, who has a strong Derbyshire twang to his accent despite his north Cornish beginnings.
"The gaffer and everyone else at the club wants us to push on this season and, hopefully, after last season, we can build on that and be positive."
Released early in the close season after nine years at Chesterfield, Lowry said the move to Home Park was mooted soon after, firstly with a conversation with Pilgrims' first-team coach Kevin Nancekivell.
"The chance of a move to Plymouth came quite early after the end of the season," said Lowry, who made more than 120 appearances for Chesterfield scoring 11 times.
"Kevin gave me a ring and expressed an interest and said Argyle would like to speak to me and would I like to come down and talk to the gaffer (Fletcher) and have a look at us.
"I took up the offer and here I am.
"To be fair, I'd been looking to get back home to the West Country for a while.
"However, for one reason or another a move hadn't worked out."
FORMER Argyle loanee Alex MacDonald has signed a new 12-month contract with Burnley.
The 22-year-old striker was borrowed from Championship Clarets, with the Scotland under-21 international scoring four times in 18 appearances for the Pilgrims in League Two last season.