Plymouth Argyle want to extend loan spell of Alex MacDonald
MANAGER Carl Fletcher is keen on extending the loan spell of Burnley striker Alex MacDonald at Plymouth Argyle beyond the initial one month agreement.
MacDonald is scheduled to be with the Pilgrims until October 6, but Fletcher is already looking further ahead than that.
Asked whether the loan could be extended beyond a month, Fletcher replied: "I would like to think so. If he keeps doing well then definitely, yes."
MacDonald, 22, made the first appearance of his second loan spell with Argyle in the 3-2 victory over Northampton Town at Home Park on Saturday.
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He was sent on as a 34th minute substitute for the injured Paris Cowan-Hall.
MacDonald had signed for the Pilgrims the previous day, returning to the club he spent the final two months of last season with.
The versatility of the former Scotland under-21 international appeals to Fletcher.
He said: "You almost get four players in one with Macca. He can play in midfield, out wide, up front or off the front. It's a good option for us to have."
MacDonald re-signed for Argyle three days after playing against them for Burnley in a Capital One Cup second round tie at Turf Moor.
Fletcher thought about starting MacDonald on Saturday but as the new recruit had made the long trip from Lancashire to Plymouth on Thursday night he eventually decided against it.
He said: "I probably didn't think I would bring him on in the first half, but I wanted to have that freshness when I brought him on."
MacDonald was the one addition to the Pilgrims' squad before the transfer window closed on Friday.
Fletcher said: "There were lots of players we were looking at, and you ask people about them and you get different comments and opinions.
"You have your own opinions, but you like to find out as much as you can.
"With Macca, the main thing was we knew what we would get with him. You kind of minimise the risk a little bit.
"You know he's going to give 100 per cent, has got good technical ability and he's either going to create goals or score goals.
"The fact he wanted to come down as well, that was a big bonus for us."
Fletcher added: "He has not had a lot of game time (against Burnley). Last Tuesday was his first proper competitive game, but he will be fine."