Jan 3 2013 Jon Batham, Harrow Observer
WEALDSTONE’S Jonathan North could be sent out on loan to aid his return to full match sharpness, according to boss Gordon Bartlett.
The popular Stones keeper returned to action ahead of schedule in December, eight months after suffering a horrific broken leg during a league match at Canvey Island in March.
Stones’ fixture backlog, and the return of Capital league action, means the former Welsh youth international may have one or two more chances of in-house action.
However, Bartlett has not ruled out the possibility of some time away from the Vale as the best way to get North ready to fight with Rikki Banks for the number one shirt.
He said: “It is nice to have Northy back.
“We had a friendly recently against Hendon where he got a full game and loved it. Now it is about getting him a few more lots of 90 minutes.
“We need to make a decision about whether to give him a few more games in-house or to get him out on loan.
“There are a few reserve games coming up this month and we’ve got a League Cup and a Charity Cup tie, so we will give him as many opportunities as we possibly can and when he is ready, he and Rikki have got a battle on their hands.”