Plymouth Argyle manager Steven Schumacher has ruled out Saxon Earley moving back to Stevenage on loan in this window - despite active interest from the Boro.

The full-back was on loan at the Lamex in the first part of last season before sealing a permanent move from parent club Norwich City to the Pilgrims.

And although he didn't play much of a part in the Devon side's League One winning season, making just four starts and five appearances off the bench, his future is with the side as they take on the challenge of the Championship.

Speaking to Plymouth Live, Schumacher revealed he has had contact with Boro director of football Leon Hunter.

The former Boro midfielder said: "I have spoken to Leon Hunter a few times. I have known him a long time, since I was at Stevenage.

"Obviously, we took Saxon from Norwich but he spent the first part of last season on loan at Stevenage. When he wasn't getting in immediately with us Leon asked about taking him but we said he was going to stay with us and settle in.

"We feel Saxon is going to play a part this season. I have said to Leon if that picture changes, for whatever reason, then I would obviously let them know.

"We paid money for Saxon, we think he's going to be a really good player and so far in the pre-season he has done really well so I think it's only fair he gets his opportunity to impress here."