Baily Cargill: Partick Thistle seal loan deal for Bournemouth defender

Baily Cargill in action for Bournemouth against Man Utd
Baily Cargill only played a handful of first-team games for Bournemouth after coming through the youth ranks

Baily Cargill was impressed with how Partick Thistle "showed real intent" to sign him from Bournemouth.

The Jags have completed a deal to bring the defender, who spent the first half of the season on loan at Fleetwood, to Firhill until the end of the season.

Thistle needed a replacement for Jordan Turnbull, whose loan from Coventry was cut short so they could sell him to Northampton Town.

"The gaffer [Alan Archibald] really wanted me," Cargill told BBC Scotland.

Cargill admits he doesn't know too much about Scottish football, but that was part of the appeal of moving north.

"It's new to me," he explained. "I've seen it on the TV but I don't know the ins and outs of it all. I'm looking forward to learning about it and making the most of the experience.

"I like to test myself as a person and a player, so a different environment and a different league, testing myself against different players, it'll be a good experience."

Cargill came through Bournemouth's youth ranks but limited first-team opportunities saw him spend loan spells at Torquay, Coventry and Gillingham in recent seasons.

He made 18 appearances this season on loan at League One Fleetwood Town before returning to Bournemouth.

Cargill trained with the Jags on Monday and says he "will be ready" if called upon to face Celtic in the Premiership at Firhill on Tuesday.

"He'll be a good addition to our squad," said Thistle manager Alan Archibald, who does not expect to make further signings this window.

"The good thing is he's played games and he's in good shape. The concern in January, you're usually signing somebody that's not been playing but thankfully for us he's been playing.

"He'll give us that left-sided centre-back that we missed obviously with Jordan going back.

"We sometimes play with a three and I think it's important if we're doing that that we've got a left-sider playing there."

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