Aldershot defender Dean Howell has joined League Two rivals Bury on a one-month loan deal.

Dean, who will be 28 on Saturday, joined the Shots in the summer from Blue Square Premier side Rushden but injury and the form of other players have restricted him to just nine appearances, the last of which was away at Chesterfield in October.

Manager Gary Waddock said, "Dean needs first-team matches at the stage of his career that he is at. We have had a couple of conversations and this loan spell will be beneficial for him because he does figure in our plans."

He added: "Dean has been extremely professional in the way that he has conducted himself and I hope that it all goes well for him"

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