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Walton 'still has Argyle future'

Simon Walton
Walton has played just seven games for Plymouth since his August switch

Plymouth Argyle manager Paul Sturrock insists record signing Simon Walton is still in his thinking after making his first appearance in over a month.

The midfielder, 21, who signed for 750,000 from QPR in the summer, came on as a 62nd-minute substitute in the 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.

"I haven't cut anybody off," Sturrock told BBC Radio Devon.

"They've been given the offer of coming in and doing what I want them to do and most of them are coming round."

A number of the club's big money signings, such as Walton, Steve MacLean, Graham Stack and Jason Puncheon, have been frozen out of the squad after failing to make an impression in the opening few matches of the season.

The club were rock bottom of the Championship until Sturrock made seven changes to his starting line-up for the trip to Watford which saw the club get their first win of the season in September.

The side have since hit a rich vein of form in the following eight matches, seeing them win five times, meaning there have been few opportunities for the players to get their place back.

But Sturrock says Walton will play, despite not having the best of starts in Tuesday's game.

"Simon came on and had a torrid first four or five touches, but he's just a nervous lad at this minute in time," he said.

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29 Oct 08 |  Plymouth
Sheff Wed 0-1 Plymouth
28 Oct 08 |  Championship
We were second best says Sturrock
27 Oct 08 |  Plymouth
Puncheon returns to Dons on loan
24 Oct 08 |  Milton Keynes
Sturrock expects pair to improve
26 Sep 08 |  Plymouth
Pilgrims complete Walton signing
06 Aug 08 |  Plymouth

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