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Steven Schumacher reacts as Plymouth sign Nigel Lonwijk on loan from Wolves

Plymouth Argyle have completed the loan signing of Nigel Lonwijk from Wolves.

The central defender is spending the 2022/23 season at Home Park as he bids to further his development.

Last term Lonwijk was on loan at Dutch side Fortuna Sittard.

It was a productive campaign for him as he made 23 appearances.

Lonwijk recently featured as a trialist for Rotherham United, leading to speculation he would move there on loan.

But it’s the Pilgrims in League One he’s joined, and their manager Steven Schumacher is very pleased with his side’s latest acquisition.

He said (via Plymouth official): “I’m very pleased to have Nigel join us on loan from Wolves. He is a versatile defender who can play in any position in our back three.

“He is quick and aggressive in his defending and has shown good ability in possession of the ball, most notably whilst on loan last season in the Eredivisie.

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“Nigel will compete and add competition to our defensive options and I’m sure he will enjoy his experience with us at Plymouth Argyle.”

Plymouth narrowly missed out on the play-offs last season, finishing seventh in the table just three points behind Wycombe Wanderers.

They’ll be hoping to go one better this season, and perhaps even challenge for automatic promotion.

For Wolves and Lonwijk it’s about the player featuring as much as possible.

The club have high hopes for the 19-year-old, which is evidenced by them handing him a new contract.

A great loan move for Nigel Lonwijk with star set to further development

Lonwijk is on an exciting trajectory.

He only signed for Wolves in January 2020, and he very quickly moved up from the U18s to the U23s.

Last term he excelled with Fortuna Sittard, and now he’ll be getting a totally different experience at Plymouth.

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English football is much more physical, and so he stands to benefit immensely from playing in the Football League.

This time next year he’ll hopefully have a fair bit of experience of senior football under his belt.

Wolves can then decide whether he is ready to make an impact within the first-team.