Stevenage midfielder Tom Conlon set for early return from Billericay Town loan

PUBLISHED: 10:26 06 March 2018 | UPDATED: 10:26 06 March 2018

Tom Conlon of Stevenage challenges for the ball during Stevenage vs Millwall, Friendly Match Football at the Lamex Stadium on 25th July 2017

Tom Conlon of Stevenage challenges for the ball during Stevenage vs Millwall, Friendly Match Football at the Lamex Stadium on 25th July 2017

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Stevenage midfielder Tom Conlon could be returning to the club after just one appearance on loan at Billericay Town.

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The 22-year-old joined the Isthmian Premier League club on a 28-day loan last month and played 75 minutes in a 2-1 defeat to Folkestone Invicta.

However, it looks set to be his only appearance for the non-league side.

Billericay head coach, Harry Wheeler, told the Southend Echo that Conlon has struggled to adapt to life with the Blues and talks for a return to Stevenage are taking place.

“Tom came in and he had a slight injury,” said Wheeler.

“Some lads struggle to adapt to the mental side of things when it comes to non-league football.

“He is still around but we are in discussions with Stevenage about him potentially going back.

“Sometimes the style of play doesn’t suit a player and that is the way it is.”

The development comes after Boro boss Darren Sarll told CometSport that Conlon’s temporary departure was in order to get him more game time and the midfielder was part of his future plans.

“I very much see Tom in our future plans but he needs games at the moment and they have a lot coming up,” he said.

“I think at one point in the next few weeks they will be playing Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday which can only be good for Tom.”

Signed from Peterborough United in the summer of 2014, Conlon made 45 league appearances in his first two seasons at Stevenage.

However, the 22-year-old suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury at the start of the 2016/17 season, ruling him out for the rest of the campaign.

He returned to fitness for the start of this season but struggled for game time at the Lamex, playing just 220 minutes of football in Sky Bet League Two.

It was hoped that a loan move to Billericay would build Conlon’s form and fitness but, it appears that he could be set for an early return to Boro after just one appearance for the Essex side.

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