Foot defends Winfarrah capture

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Scarborough Athletic joint-boss Paul Foot has defended the club’s recent transfer policy.

A number of fans have grumbled in the last week over why Foot and fellow boss Bryan Hughes opted to bring in 19-year-old Caine Winfarrah on loan from Grimsby Town rather than further blooding some of their own under-19s.

It isn’t a time to experiment, that can be done in pre-season.

Paul Foot

Boro have brought a number of under-19s into their training sessions this season and have also handed debuts to young full-back Jamie Stewart and Rory Skelton.

Meanwhile, Winfarrah has played in fixtures for Grimsby’s first team in the Conference.

Foot said: “I understand why people are saying what they are saying, but we just didn’t think it was right to throw the under-19s in there at the business end of the season.

“They were a great resource for us over the Christmas period when we were struggling, but that isn’t where it stops.

“We have had Jamie training with us since then and a few of the other lads have come along as well. It wasn’t something to impress people, it was a long-term thing because things have to be run right.

“If you ask the lads they will admit that it is hard to adapt to the speed and sharpness of things, which is why we are doing things gradually.

“Caine is a player that has been with Grimsby’s first-team squad for a few years now and as well as that we have had good reports about him from his time in the Conference North with Gainsborough Trinity.

“It isn’t a time to experiment, that can be done in pre-season.

“We are still right in there with a chance of the play-offs, which is great for the club.

“The under-19s are definitely a part of the future of this club, but at the moment it isn’t the right time.”