DANNY Scopes hopes Tom Clifford will continue to flourish after the left-back expected his loan deal with Concord Rangers.

Clifford made the temporary move from neighbours Southend United last month.

And Beach Boys boss Scopes has been impressed with the 20-year-old’s performances for the National League South outfit.

“I’m really pleased that we have Tom with us for another month because he has been excellent,” said Scopes.

“He has got on with the group well and we can see he wants to improve.

“The players we already had at the club have seen his quality and know what he brings to the team.

“I have been really pleased to have him and he was desperate to stay with us, which is good.

“That shows we are doing the right thing and have made it environment that people want to play football in.”

Clifford’s loan switch has been extended by a month and the talented youngster celebrated the news by bagging his first goal for Concord in the 3-1 defeat at Bath City on Saturday.

And Scopes believes hitting the back of the net will boost Clifford’s confidence.

“Tom started at left wing-back and that meant he was playing higher up the pitch, which he is more than capable of doing,” added Scopes.

“It was great for Tom to get his first goal for the club and, although it wasn’t a classic, it’s pleasing that he can produce the goods at both ends of the pitch.

“He had another good game and he is building in confidence.”

While the Beach Boys have been unable to strike a deal to extend Henry Woods’ loan switch from Gillingham, Scopes has welcomed Scott High and Kit Elliott to the club until January.

The duo have joined on loan deals from Huddersfield Town, who are managed by former Concord chief Danny Cowley.

Having worked as joint-manager with Cowley during his first stint in charge at the Aspect Arena, Scopes is still in contact with the Terriers’ boss and is pleased to have signed two of the club’s most exciting youngsters.

“I speak to Danny quite a lot and he asks what I need and I said what we were looking for,” admitted Scopes.

“Scott and Kit were available and it was the right time for them to get a taste of men’s football at non-league level.

“A couple of clubs wanted them but our connections with Danny meant that we were able to get the deals over the line, which is great.

“Hopefully the loan moves will benefit all parties.”