By Scott Taylor
Paul Buckle has added three more players to his Cheltenham Town squad on a temporary basis. Liverpool youngsters Lloyd Jones, Kevin Stewart and Jack Dunn have all moved to the the League Two side. Buckle previously worked with Liverpool Academy director Alex Inglethorpe, with the trio signing on one-month deals.
Jones, 19, is a central defender of the Under 21s side since joining from Plymouth Argyle in the summer of 2011. He broke into the development side in January 2013, where he has remained ever since. Jones also made his breakthrough to the first team in May of the same year, when he was an unused substitute in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Fulham at Craven Cottage. Although born in England, Jones represented Wales at Under 17 and Under 18 level, because his father is Welsh. Jones was then called up to the Wales Under 21 squad against San Marino in October 2013, but opted out saying he wished to play for England instead. He has since represented England at Under 19 and Under 20 level, impressing throughout. There would be no surprising feeling if he is to be named in Gareth Southgate’s Under 21 squad soon.
Stewart, 21, plays as Jones partner in the centre of defence in the Under 21s side. He joined from Tottenham in the summer after former Spurs boss and now Liverpool Academy director Inglethorpe snapped him up. Unlike Jones, Stewart is an extremely versatile play often compared to Emre Can. As well as playing as a centre back, the Englishman can play on either side or even as a central midfielder, a position that he does favour. He has experience playing in the Football League after playing four times for Crewe Alexandra in 2013. Upon joining, he said: “I prefer playing in the centre of midfield. I’m looking forward to getting Cheltenham up the table.”
Dunn, 20, has been another prolific player for the Under 21s. He made his first team debut at the end of last season, when he came on as a second half substitute in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Shamrock Rovers. Dunn has international experience, representing England in the U17 World Cup and later for the Under 18s . After joining the Robins, Dunn told the official site: “I am a natural number nine and I’ve always had a knack of scoring goals.”
Robins manager Buckle expressed his delight at getting hold of the Liverpool trio, He told the official site: “I know how well he develops players and I spent three days up in Liverpool looking at their Under-21 squad recently. I asked about the availability of these three lads and it’s fantastic that they were all willing to come down. Liverpool and Alex have been great.”
All of the players are in Cheltenham Town’s matchday squad for tomorrow’s game with Oxford United.