Roberts loaned to Bucks

Worksop Town FC 2011/12.  Marc Roberts  (w110825-13d)
Worksop Town FC 2011/12. Marc Roberts (w110825-13d)

MARC Roberts will play the entire 2012/13 season with Buxton, but remains a Worksop Town player.

The giant centre-half has been loaned to former Tigers boss Martin McIntosh at the Silverlands after the two clubs came to an agreement last Thursday.

Roberts was signed for Worksop last summer by McIntosh, and rejoined the Scot at Buxton midway through the 2011/12 campaign on a loan deal.

Bucks fans credit the youngster with a major role in their escape from relegation last season and while Worksop manager Simon Clark welcomed the move, he was keen to state that the club will retain the defender’s registration.

“He needs to play games, and it’s great that he wants to play regular football” Clark told the Guardian.

“When I looked at last year and performances, and the way I want to play and defend this year, I have better combinations at the back now – Adie Hawes, Luke Shiels, Ryan Clarke and Stuart Ludlam give us experience, pace, height, goal threat.”

“There’s still a future for Robbo at Worksop.”

“He enjoyed himself at Buxton, it’s great for his development and he can play at this level but I told him he’s a Worksop Town player.”

This will be the final year of Roberts’ two year contract, and Worksop can retain his registration if they offer him terms at the end of the season.

Clark added: “I was under no pressure to let him go, my chairman said we could keep him, but it’s good for him to go there and play.”

“We will watch him and then welcome him back at the end of the season.”

Roberts will not be able to feature in games between Tigers and Buxton next season, as part of the loan agreement.

The former Wakefield player played 33 times for Worksop last season, scoring three times.

He told the Guardian the loan move felt ‘right’ for this stage of his career.

“I am pleased it got sorted, in a way, it will be nice to work with Martin for a full season and get the amount of games I think I’ll get there,” he said.

“I believe it was the right move for me at the moment.”

“I don’t think I would have got the games I want to play at Worksop.”

“I enjoyed myself there last season and if we kick off where we left off last season we’ll do alright.”

On his future with Tigers the defender refused to be drawn.

He added: “I’m still young, I’ll take this season in my stride, game by game, and haven’t really thought about next year yet.”