Jez George believes now is the “right time” for Liam Hughes to go on loan and get games under his belt.
The 20-year-old Cambridge United striker has joined Corby Town for a month and is in line to make his debut in tomorrow’s FA Carlsberg Trophy first-round home clash with Hayes & Yeading United.
Steelmen boss Chris Plummer made his move for the frontman with top scorer Josh Moreman set to start a two-match ban this weekend.
And George, who is Cambridge’s Director of Football, believes Hughes can use his loan spell as an opportunity to find his best position.
The former Scunthorpe United youngster has so far amassed 29 starting appearances and 23 sub appearances for the U’s and has played in a variety of positions, even donning the goalkeeper gloves for the final stages of the match against Nuneaton Town back in August of this year.
And George said: “As Richard (manager Money) alluded to in the press, Liam is a really important member of the squad. His versatility is s a massive bonus for us but that is sometimes detrimental for his development.
“We have been wary to send him out on loan as he can cover almost every position from one to 11 but on this occasion we are going to put Liam’s long-term development in front of the short-term benefit to the club as keeping him as cover.
“He needs to play matches and we need to help him find his best position.
“This next four weeks is the quietest period in terms of league fixtures, with two games in 28 days followed by six league games in 19 days. So if ever we are going to allow Liam to go out on loan this is the right time.
“This will be a really good opportunity for Liam at a good club who compete just one level below the Blue Square Bet Premier.
“Liam will continue to train with us throughout the month and as Richard stated previously, we rate him highly and see him as a big part of the club’s future.
“This was not a financial decision, but simply for Liam’s development, which will be a long term benefit to the club.”