CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe believes Baily Cargill’s loan move to Torquay United could be the making of the young defender.
Cargill has reunited with former Cherries coach Chris Hargreaves at Plainmoor after joining the Gulls until the end of the season.
Torquay are currently rooted to the foot of the Football League, six points adrift of safety with just seven games remaining.
Cargill, 18, who has yet to taste any league action, starred during a loan spell with Conference outfit Welling United earlier this season.
Howe, who said Cargill would need seven to 10 days to recover from a minor groin injury, told the Daily Echo: “It will be a terrific experience for Baily. He is a player we rate highly and we think he is going to have a good career ahead of him.
“He had a good loan spell at Welling where he excelled and built up his experience. Going to Torquay could hopefully be the making of him.
“He will be in a real pressure situation and a lot will be expected of him. But there is only one way you find out if players have the mental strength to play and that is for them to actually experience it.”
Cargill, voted player of the year at AFC Totton last season, could be fit for the visit of Scunthorpe to Plainmoor a week on Saturday, although the trip to Bristol Rovers on April 12 is probably a more likely target.
Meanwhile, fellow development squad player Harry Cornick has joined Conference strugglers Aldershot on loan until the end of the season.