Jack Sowerby has revealed he was always confident of his Fleetwood Town future despite being loaned out to League Two Carlisle for the first half of the season.
The twenty-three-year-old midfielder has started Town’s last two League games after returning from a twenty-eight game loan spell with the Cumbrians, where he scored five goals.
Sowerby started in Fleetwood’s opening game of the season against AFC Wimbledon, but after the EFL Cup win at Crewe he did not feature for the rest of August and was loaned out to get regular minutes.
Speaking to the Blackpool Gazette Sowerby revealed it was always the intention to get some minutes under his belt and return in January to fight for his place, with the thought never entering his mind that his future with the Cod Army was in doubt. He said, “No, I’d had chats with the gaffer here, and he was always saying that I needed to be back and ready to play when I was called upon.”
“The loan move to Carlisle just sort of happened because I needed to go out and get games.”
“I have really enjoyed being back. It is good to see all the lads again. I’ve come back with confidence because I was playing games at Carlisle. It is good to be back. All the lads have welcomed me back, and I’m glad to be playing.”
Sowerby has not been the only member of manager Joey Barton’s squad to benefit from being loaned out with striker Ashley Nadesan now reaping the rewards of consistent game time in the first half of the season, also at Carlisle. Speaking about the twenty-four-year-old frontman, Sowerby told the club’s official website that “He has developed a lot.”
“I think – like me – he needed those games at the start of the season and he did well up there. He was scoring goals up at Carlisle, and now he’s come back down and started four or five games now which is great for him.”
“He’s just after that first goal, and when it comes, then I’m sure he’ll get himself on a run like he did earlier in the season.”
Both players will be looking to start at the weekend when Fleetwood travel to Burton Albion, a game which is crucial to both teams if they are to mount a late-season challenge for a playoff spot.
Both Sowerby and Nasedan are examples of how the loan system can be used to good effect by parent clubs.
Joey Barton has benefitted from two players returning to his squad in January who were sharp, match fit and raring to go.
Barton is a controversial figure, but it looks like in the handling of these two young players, he was absolutely spot on with their development.