Slade open to Hoyte extension
Seagulls boss could extend youngster's loan
By James Pearson. Last Updated: October 13, 2009 10:27am
Hoyte: Could stay on
Brighton manager Russell Slade has confirmed he would be open to extending Gavin Hoyte's loan spell from Arsenal.
The Gunners youngster joined the League One outfit for an initial month last week and made his debut in their weekend draw with Yeovil.
Slade was happy with the 19-year-old defender's debut and feels with regular football his performances and confidence will only increase over time.
Brighton's boss is looking to play him in Tuesday's game against Gillingham and is open to retaining his services beyond the month if he continues to impress the club.
"I think he made a really solid debut," Slade told Sky Sports News. "He hasn't played a lot of football in the last month. I think it's only a game and a half.
"It's two-and-a-half games now and by Tuesday night it'll be three-and-a-half. I think the more he's playing the better he will get.
"If he's enjoying it and he's enjoying the way we play, he's enjoying his football and he's in the side and he's contributing. Then there's every chance we'll enquire about him staying a little bit longer."
Hoyte is happy to be playing regularly, although he is keeping his cards much closer to his chest when questioned about staying on.
The versatile stopper is just looking to do his best during his time with the South Coast outfit and is not spending too much time worrying about whether he will stay or return to Emirates Stadium.
"You only get around one game a month in the reserves so just I'm happy to be playing and getting games and hopefully we'll see what happens when I'm back at Arsenal," said Hoyte.
"Who knows? They could not want me. I might not play so well or Arsenal could want me back. I've just got to keep playing at well as I can."