Macklin Flies The Robins’ Nest


Back on the 1st June, when Town released details of the out of contract players who were either offered or released from their contracts before the start of the 2010/2011 season, there was one exemption, our explosive and sometimes frustrating right winger Lloyd Macklin.

Today the club announced Lloyd will need to search for a new club and will not be offered second year professional terms at the County Ground.

This seems to have been a tough decision for Wilson and the backroom staff to make, otherwise a decision would have been made three weeks ago. The comments from the club puts the decision firmly down to what first team opportunities, if any, where to be available to Lloyd to aid his development.

Macklin is clearly a talented player in the making. Lightning fast with and without out the ball and never afraid to get forward. This talent contrasts with how he fared throughout his rare first team opportunities during 2009/2010, which have seen him severely exposed. He frequently exploited his only attribute, his pace, running at speed, often directly at the opposition and not finding space and beating his man to put in the cross. He had suffered from just trying too hard, seeking to replicate what he had been able to achieve and deliver when he shone in youth football. This poor decision making and concentration is typical for any youth rising through the ranks, although watching Lloyd on many occasions was just frustrating as he never seemed to learn.

These failings are only down to experience. I’ve no doubt that a good run in league football whether at Town or away on loan, would have done wonders for his ability, concentration, decisions and importantly his confidence.

2009/2010 had seen Lloyd ravaged by unfortunate injuries which limited any first team action in League One with Town or during his loan spell at Torquay in League Two. I’m very surprised he was not offered a new one year deal, he’s a young lad still with so much to learn and the potential to offer us in the future.

If Town’s decision to let him go is solely as he needs experience, then why offer 19 year old goalkeeper Mark Scott a new contract, when there are already 3 older and experienced pros on the books? Obviously Mark isn’t going to get first team games soon, so I don’t understand the decision and apparent contradiction? Surely we need a group of good development players?

It’s a shame Lloyd has gone and I wish him good luck in finding a new club.

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