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Folly enjoying Argyle resurgence

Yoann Folly
Folly signed for the Pilgrims from Sheffield Wednesday in 2008.

Plymouth Argyle midfielder Yoann Folly has said that staying committed was vital in regaining his first team place at Home Park.

Folly has started in each of the Pilgrims last three games, after not featuring over the rest of the season.

He told BBC Devon: "I was out of the team for a long time, but the only thing you can do is work hard until you get the chance again."

"I was always confident about my ability and what I could do," he added.

The 24-year-old has been widely praised for his performances since breaking back into the first team, with Paul Sturrock saying Folly's re-emergence is like having a new signing.

Yoann is a very simple type of player, but very effective for the team

Paul Sturrock

"In the last three games he has been the Yoann Folly that I knew," said Sturrock.

"I think aliens abducted him earlier on in his career and we didn't get the real Yoann.

"All of a sudden he came out like a spring hare a few weeks ago and looked to have an appetite back," the Scot added.

Folly's zest for football has not always been at such a high level, and the player revealed that his lack of game time did lead to thoughts of a move away from Home Park.

"I thought at some point, especially over the summer, that I was going to go on loan to try to get some games and then come back to show what I can do.

"The goal was to prove to a lot of people, especially the manager that they didn't buy me for the wrong reason and I was still the player that they thought I was."


And with the Pilgrims boss now giving his French-born midfielder a ringing endorsement, it seems that Folly has finally proved his doubters wrong.

Sturrock said: "Yoann is a very simple type of player, but very effective for the team."

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