Exeter City boss Paul Tisdale eyes permanent Anton Rodgers move

By Brent PilnickBBC South West Sport
Anton Rodgers

Exeter manager Paul Tisdale says he would like to bring loan signing Anton Rodgers to the club permanently.

The 20-year-old former Chelsea youth player and has played only one game of first-team football.

"I'd like to think that we could tempt him here one day should we wish," Tisdale told BBC South West Sport.

"I'm always looking a year, two years in advance and I'm always looking to build a team."

While Rodgers is unlikely to be involved in Exeter's match against Rotherham on Saturday, Tisdale is hoping to integrate him with the club's first team.

"I've known of him and he had the opportunity to look at another club and we've signed him on loan," added Tisdale.

"He may play, you never know, now that he's one of our players until the end of the season. If things were to change and we got more injuries then he would be available to play for us.

"In the meantime it's a change of career path for him and an opportunity to show what he can do here at Exeter.

"I think any manager who has the opportunity will not only work towards the next Saturday, but also towards the next team and building a new team."

Rodgers' father is Liverpool boss Brendan, and he says he took his father's advice before deciding which club to play for.

"I was looking to gain experience and try and get first-team football, so it's one where my dad spoke to Paul Tisdale and they're a footballing team and it suited me perfectly to come," he said.

"Exeter are doing well and hopefully I can get a couple of games here.

"With a view to next season that could happen, you never know. If it happened that I could come here again I'm sure I would.

"It's just about the opportunity and how this experience for me, from now until the end of the season, will stand me in good stead."