Gould decision expected this week
A decision about Johnathan Gould staying at Edgar Street is expected in the next few days. However unless the loan is made season long, he will only be able to stay for another two months. There is one other possibility, that is Preston releasing Gould from his contract allowing him to move to Edgar Street.
Gould has just two more games for Hereford United under his original deal with Preston North End. This Saturday he will face Halifax and next Saturday will make the long trip to Gravesend and Northfleet.
The Preston North End goalkeeper has already become a firm favourite with Bulls fans. He excelled himself with a penalty save in the game with Farnborough, and last Saturday kept the Bulls in the game at Northwich when the home team had several goal-bound shots saved in the first twenty minutes of the match.
"Hereford are an ambitious club and I would like to help them in every way I can,"Gould told Laurie Teague as reported in Bullseye.
"A permanent move is something I would consider very seriously. But I still have a year on my contract at Preston so it will be dictated by them."
Preston, currently mid-table in the Coca-Cola League, are looking to appoint a new manager.Craig Brown, recently sacked, has been replaced by caretaker manager Billy Davies.
Gould was signed by Brown in early 2003.
"I had a successful 18 months there but circumstances have changed as they often do in football."
The rules about loan players are complicated and are reproduced here thanks to Confguide (these are the rules as used last season, there are no updates as far as we are aware):
A summary of the regulations concerning loan players:
Loan of contract players is permitted from clubs in membership of the Premiership, Football League, Conference, and the three feeders to the Conference, subject also to the rules of those leagues of course.
Some limits apply:
2 - the maximum number of loans from one club at a given time
465 - the maximum number of 'loan days' per season
8 - maximum loan players per season
2 - maximum loan players allowed to play at any one time
2 - maximum number of loan players from one club per season
28 - mimumum number of days for a loan
93 - maximum number of days for a loan (see also 'long term loans' below)
Loans which are made 'permanent' do not count against a club's quota.
A loan transfer must be complete 24 hours before the scheduled kick-off if the loanee is to play.
If a loan period is extended, only the club for whom the player was originally registered can cancel the loan short of the agreed period. Players may not be recalled within the first 28 days, other than the special case of goalkeepers, where recall clauses are permitted.
To count as a single loan under the quota system, a loan must be continuous. If a player returns to his old club before being re-loaned, that counts twice against the quota.
Players under 23 on June 30th may be taken on loan for the rest of the season if the loan starts before 31st December. Long-term loanees do not count against the 8-player quota, and can only be recalled early if they are goalkeepers.