Date: 31st December 2010 at 6:11pm
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Former Plymouth Argyle captain Paul Wotton has signed on-loan for Yeovil Town and will play against the Pilgrims’ in Saturday’s League One clash at Home Park.

The Argyle legend had been on-loan at Oxford United for the last two months but has now signed for the Glovers in a one-month loan deal. The 33-year old has a contract at Southampton until June 2011.

Wotton was released by Argyle manager Paul Sturrock in May 2008 but he was quickly snapped up by the Saints.
Wotton has made a total of 438 appearances for his home-town club to put him in seventh place on the Argyle all-time appearance list; just 11 short of reaching fourth place.

The tough-tackling midfielder suffered a season-ending cruciate knee ligament injury in December 2006 but battled back to play a part in the last few games of that season, with his final official Argyle appearance coming in April 2008 in the 2-2 draw with Preston in which he scored a penalty.

There can be no prouder captain of Plymouth Argyle than Paul Wotton.

Let’s look at the career of the Home Park stalwart.

Wotton lifted two league titles with Argyle with the Third Division Championship secured in 2002, quickly followed by the Second Division Championship in 2004.
Wotton went from strength to strength, improving and adapting his game each time the club has climbed into a new division, whether he played in midfield or defence.

Wotton has a reputation of possessing one of the most powerful shots in football with his penalties measuring up to 83mph.
Wotton is also a free-kick specialist, often blasting the ball into the net from fully 30+ yards out, indeed of his 63 goals for Plymouth only two have been headers.

The midfielder was in his 13th season at Home Park, a rare show of loyalty in today’s modern game, he played under 11 different managers including three who occupied the caretaker role.

‘Wottsie’ came through the youth ranks at Home Park before making his first team debut in the 1994/95 season when manager Neil Warnock gave him his first big chance. But it wasn’t until Paul Sturrock arrived as manager in 2000 that Wotton’s Argyle career really took off. He was made club captain and formed a solid central defensive partnership with Graham Coughlan, helping Argyle claim the Third Division title with a record haul of 102 points.

When Argyle reached the Championship new manager Bobby Williamson converted Wotton into a tough tackling, all action central midfield player. This proved to be a masterstroke with Wotton again raising his game to cope with the demands of a higher division.
The move forward enabled Wotton to get closer to goal and his ability to strike a ball from distance brought the reward of scoring more goals from open play and the honour of being Argyle’s top scorer for that season and indeed last season as well, not bad for a midfielder!

Wotton has won the coveted Player Of The Season award twice, in 2003 and 2005 and is held in such high regard by the Argyle fans that many believe that he has only got green blood!

There will never be another player like Paul Wotton, we wish you good luck for tomorrow Wottsie!