Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loan Star Can Only Get Better - Abbott

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Loan Star Can Only Get Better - Abbott

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Byline: Stuart Rayner ? (0191) 201-6283 ? stuart.rayner@ncjmedia.co.uk

GREG Abbott believes Joe Garner had to swallow a little pride to return to Brunton Park, but the 24-year-old striker will be back for more at Gigg Lane tonight.

The 24-year-old Watford striker has extended his loan by another month, although his Carlisle United manager thinks it might take another two to rediscover the form which made him a PS1m footballer.

Garner has found the net once in his five appearances - in the 2-1 win at Walsall - but Abbott believes the process of scraping off the ring rust has only just begun.

He said: "Most people who haven't been playing regularly are the same and he will be a better player for having ten or 15 games.

"Footballers want to play and be in somebody's first team.

"I don't think it will have pleased Joe he has had to step down a division to get that, but sometimes you have to.

"The good thing about this one is Joe was keen to stay and we were keen to keep him here."

Garner will be in the side for tonight's rearranged League One game against bottom-of-the-table Bury.

His loan has been extended by another month, taking it up to the November 20 visit of Doncaster Rovers.

This is Garner's second spell at the club after realising the grass was not greener elsewhere.

His month's loan expired at the weekend but the Cumbrians are working to extend it.

Garner left in a PS1m move to Nottingham Forest in August 2008, but made almost as many appearances on loan at Scunthorpe United and Huddersfield Town, as with them.

He joined Watford last season, but has had to drop down to League One for regular football.

"Hopefully we can get something sorted in time for tonight's game," said Abbott when asked if the loan would be extended.

"He has needed the games. …

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