Move is a winner for me and Plymouth Argyle, says Ross Jenkins
MIDFIELDER Ross Jenkins reckons his move to Plymouth Argyle is a win-win situation for both parties.
The 21-year-old arrived on a one-month loan from Championship club Watford last Friday and has set his sights on regular first team football with the Pilgrims.
Jenkins has made only one appearance for the Hornets this season following an influx of players from across Europe after the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as manager in the summer.
He also wants to be part of a successful Argyle side and see them pushing up the League Two table from their current position of 16th.
The early signs are promising on both fronts, as Jenkins started the away game against Morecambe on Saturday and scored a superb goal in a thrilling 3-2 triumph.
It was only the Pilgrims' second league win of the season and the first on their travels since March.
Jenkins told Herald Sport: "I want to play as many games as possible, score as many goals as possible, and get the team as high up the table as possible.
"I will try to play well and do all the right things.
"I have only known the lads for a couple of days but they are a good bunch and there is a fair bit of banter."
Jenkins made his debut for Watford as a 17-year-old academy scholar in August 2008 and has gone on to make a total of 95 appearances.
But he has played only three times in 2012 for the Hornets, and the first two of those were in January.
With the arrival of several new signings after the appointment of Zola, the midfielder knew his opportunities would be even further reduced, and that led to his move to Home Park.
Jenkins did his research first, though, by talking to Argyle's former Watford goalkeeper Rene Gilmartin and their first team coach Kevin Nancekivell.
Gilmartin was snapped up by the Pilgrims as a free agent from Watford in the summer but has yet to make his debut because of a knee injury.
Jenkins said: "I had been looking to go out on loan for a while. There are a lot of players now at Watford and it's going to be hard to get a game there.
"I found out Plymouth were interested and did a bit of research. I had a word with my agent and I spoke to Kevin (Nancekivell), who seemed a nice guy and was very keen to get me to come here.
"Within a day, I got my bags packed and I was on the train, so it was a quick turnaround really.
"I know Rene and I spoke to him quite a bit. He told me it was a good set-up, and that they were very professional in how they trained and what it was like on matchdays."
Jenkins has been with Watford since he was nine-years-old so training and playing for another club is a completely new experience for him, but one he is relishing.
"It is different, but sometimes you need to challenge yourself," he said.
"You can't just sit there all your life, unless you are playing. If you are playing you could stay there for your whole career.
"Hopefully, I will come here and play well and get a shout (at Watford) when I go back."
Jenkins arrived in Plymouth last Thursday night and trained with his new team-mates the following morning before they set off on a long, tiring coach trip to Morecambe.
The midfielder did not find out until after signing for Argyle that his first game would be so far away from Home Park.
He said: "Apparently, it was one of the worst trips the lads have had. At least, we have got it out of the way.
"It wasn't too bad but no-one wants to sit on a coach for eight hours."
Argyle were losing 2-0 to Morecambe in the 72nd minute when Jenkins crashed an unstoppable 20-yard shot high into the net, for only the third goal of his senior career.
His last one had come in a 3-0 home win for Watford against Sheffield United in March 2011.
Jenkins' stunning goal inspired the Pilgrims as two late penalties from striker Warren Feeney saw them pick up maximum points.
He said: "Going 2-0 down wasn't the best of starts. We had chances and we thought it was going to be one of those days where you don't get that lucky break, but the ball fell to me and I put it in the goal.
"We pushed as a team all game and deserved to win it. We had more shots and more possession than them (Morecambe).
"Everyone was buzzing afterwards. It's a great feeling to come back from 2-0 down away from home."