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Loan Round Up: February 2019

4 February 2019

We take a look at how our loan players are getting on at their respective clubs, with both Andy Boyle and Graham Burke making their debuts at the weekend after January loan moves to Ross County and Gillingham respectively.

Andy Boyle - Ross County
After a loan move to Ross County in January, Boyle made his debut on Saturday, coming on at half-time in the 2-1 win away to Dunfermline. The Staggies were 1-0 down at the break but two second half goals ensured the win to maintain their three point lead at the top of the Scottish Championship.

Ben Pringle - Tranmere Rovers
Ben Pringle joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the remainder of the season in January after being recalled from his loan spell at Grimsby Town. After making his debut last weekend against Mansfield Town, there was no action for Pringle or Tranmere with their game at Port Vale being called off due to the weather.

Chris Maxwell - Charlton Athletic
Maxwell is being made to wait for his debut for the Addicks, with goalkeeper Dillon Phillips in fine form for Lee Bowyer's side of late. The 'keeper got his first taste of competitive action for Charlton in an U23s game last week, with the Addicks 3-1 winners over Crystal Palace and Maxwell impressed his current boss, with Bowyer telling Charlton's club website: "Chris I thought did well, his distribution was very good.  I was happy with him. You can tell he’s got the experience, he’s a man and he organised the back four.”

Connor Simpson - Carlisle United
There was no action for Connor Simpson or Carlisle United this weekend after their trip to Crewe Alexandra was postponed due to a frozen pitch. Simpson has made three appearances so far since joining the club last month, scoring the winner last time out in the 1-0 win away to Port Vale. Carlisle currently sit fifth in League Two as they chase promotion to the third tier.

Graham Burke - Gillingham
After a deadline day loan move to Gillingham, Burke made his debut for the Gills in their 1-1 draw away to Coventry on Saturday afternoon. Burke played the full 90 minutes and received plenty of praise from manager Steve Lovell post-match. Speaking to the media after the game, Lovell said: “His composure on the ball, his brain, his mobility – I thought he was excellent. He brings a new dimension to us and I’m just looking forward to getting on a decent pitch where he can show us what he can do."

Marnick Vermijl - MVV Maastricht
After a spell on the sidelines through injury, Marnick returned to action towards the end of last month and made his first start since his return from injury on 25th January in the 3-0 win over Helmond Sport, playing the full 90 minutes. Vermijl also started Maastricht's last game against Telstar on Friday night, playing 83 minutes in the 2-0 win.

Michael Howard - Stalybridge Celtic
After making his debut in the 1-1 draw with Buxton last season, their clash with Whitby Town was postponed at the weekend due to a frozen pitch. Howard joined Stalybridge in January on loan after an enjoyable loan spell with Hednesford Town earlier in the season.

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