Cheltenham Town video: Yates 'disappointed' Jones and Taylor want loan moves
LEFT-BACK Billy Jones has joined Jason Taylor in requesting a loan move away from Cheltenham Town.
Boss Mark Yates confirmed both players' names were circulated on Tuesday after they made their feelings clear having been left out of the first three matches of the season.
Jones topped the club's assist charts last season, setting up 13 goals directly and playing a part in many more with his set piece deliveries.
He started 39 League Two matches last term, but the summer arrival of Craig Braham-Barrett on a long-term loan from Macclesfield Town has seen Jones lose his place and he was not even on the bench for the opening day match against Burton Albion.
Yates is thought to be concerned about Jones' lack of speed and mobility after he was given a torrid time by quick wide men such as Jennison Myrie-Williams at Port Vale in Cheltenham's 3-2 defeat on Good Friday.
"Jason and Billy have asked me about going out if they are not going to feature, so we'll see where we go," said Yates.
"I need a squad of players, though, so it's disappointing after only two weeks that people are asking to go out because they are not in the team straightaway.
"If it's right for me, the club and the player I'll consider it, but it's not 11 players who get you where you want to be, it's a squad.
"I can only pick 11 and I am picking players ahead of them and they want to play games at their ages, so we'll see what we can do, but I am not desperate to get rid of anyone because we need to stick together and win games."
If Taylor were to go elsewhere, it could improve trialist Callum Morris' chances of earning a contract.
The former Wigan Athletic man is an attacking midfielder who played in Cheltenham's final friendly at Kidderminster and the reserve match against Torquay United on Tuesday, in which he won and scored a penalty.
Cheltenham will be looking for their first victory of the season tomorrow against Plymouth Argyle.
Yates said he had been pleased with their early performances and he is confident it will not be long before positive results follow.
"Plymouth have made some good signings and John (Sheridan, boss) has been there and done it in this division," Yates said.
"I am not worried about where we are in the table now, performances will get us results.
"They've been good in all three games so far, even though we haven't got the wins we'd have liked. We just have to be more clinical at both ends."