Tranmere Rovers are one of a number of lower league clubs who are putting the loan system to good use.
Currently on loan deals at Prenton Park are Leeds United defender Liam Darville, Coventry City centre back Jermaine Grandison and Derby County midfielder Arnaud Mendy.
The three of them are all young players who are looking to play regular first team football away from their parent clubs as they bid to improve and so further their careers.
The loan system can work for all parties...
- The player goes out and gets experience of first team action in more meaningful matches in front of bigger crowds than they would do playing in the reserves.
- The parent club will get back a more experienced player who has hopefully learned a lot from his time away.
- And the recipient club, in this instance Tranmere, get a good young player from a higher division who is keen to learn and thus improve their team.
During their short time at Prenton Park, the three loanees have all acquitted themselves well. They're improving game after game, which has in turn helped Rovers to some better results, including an impressive 1-0 victory over Peterborough.
In that win, Darville played arguably his best game so far, Grandison was rock solid in defence and Mendy was superb in midfield and scored the winning goal. By doing well during their loan spell, they should go back to their clubs full of confidence and ready to stake a claim to push into the first team at the higher level.
The Football League's emergency loan system, outside of the main transfer windows, is vital for small clubs like Tranmere.
With Les Parry's team currently affected by lots of injuries, and with a relatively small squad as it is, short-term loans are essential in order to get a full team together whilst the injuries clear up.
Tranmere have needed to call upon loan deals. The regular midfield trio of John Welsh, Paul McLaren and Joss Labadie are all absent, but Les Parry appears to have picked some good young talent to call upon, if only for the short-term.
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