STUART Parnaby returns to the Halifax side tomorrow - but the game against Plymouth Argyle will be his last for the Shaymen.

The England under 18 international has recovered from the groin problem that forced him to miss the last three matches.

But the clash with the Pilgrims is the final game of his second month on loan from Middlesbrough.

And the Premiership outfit have decided against extending his loan for a third month.

"We would have like to have kept him for another month and I have spoken to Bryan Robson," said manager Paul Bracewell. "But they want him back at Middlesbrough.

"It is disappointing, but we were delighted to have got him for a second month - it was just a shame he was injured for three games."

Chris Wilder is also expected to return which, and he and Parnaby will be challenging for the centre back positions with Paul Stoneman, Graham Mitchell and Steven Hawe.

Parnaby played the opening 45 minutes of his first game for Town in midfield.

But Bracewell has confirmed that he prefers to play the youngster at the back.

"Stuart gives us options," he said. "But I saw him as the middle player in a three-man defence. And that will probably be where he goes back in.

"It is good to have players coming back after a performance like last week sbecause none of them are sure of anything.

"Since I have been here I have changed things and left people out and no one has come knocking on my door because I have been right."

Middlesbrough s decision not to allow Parnaby to stay at the Shay opens up the possibility of a new loan player arriving in time to face Blackpool on Boxing Day.

And even though there are no working days between the end of Parnaby s stay tomorrow and the trip to Blackpool on Tuesday, Town can still register a new signing today.

"You have to complete the paperwork by the end of today," said Bracewell.

"I am waiting on a phone call from a manager. If we can get the right person in we will.

"But we will have to get the right person who wants to come here for the right reasons."

Quite how Bracewell will juggle the extra players at his disposal is still unclear.

And there is an outside chance that Alan Reilly could make his first start under Bracewell having appeared a couple of times as a substitute in recent weeks.

Bracewell has been impressed by the Irishman s attitudein the past fortnight.

While Town bid for only their third home win of 2000, Plymouth are looking to end an even worse run away from home.

Argyle not won a game outside of Devon since they triumphed 1-0 at chester on November 6 1999.

During that period they have won just twice on the road - at Torquay last season and at Exeter this term.

HALIFAX TOWN (from): Butler, Wilder, Wainwright, Murphy, Stoneman, Parnaby, Mitchell, Hawe, Rezai, Thompson, Middleton, Kerrigan, Jones, Reilly, C. Clarke, M. Clarke, Shannon.

PLYMOUTH ARGYLE (from): Sheffield, Warrell, Beswetherick, Friio, Wotton, Taylor, Phillips, Heathcote, McGregor, McCarthy, Gritton, Stonebridge, O Sullivan, Leadbitter, McGlinchey, Larieu, Wills.