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LUKE RETURNS

Posted on: Wed 05 Jan 2011

 

Bristol Rovers today signed West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Luke Daniels, on loan, until 31st May.

Daniels originally joined the club in the summer and played once, against Partick Thistle, on the summer tour of Scotland.

He was scheduled to play in the pre season friendly against his parent club at the Memorial Stadium in July, but was injured before the game and required surgery on a back problem.

After making a full recovery, the shot stopper has since been on loan to League One clubs Charlton Athletic and Rochdale.

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Chairman Nick Higgs is delighted that Luke is returning to the Memorial Stadium, saying; "We would like to welcome Luke back to Bristol Rovers and we are delighted that he is now fit again and look forward to seeing him in action very soon.

"It was disappointing, both for him and us, that his previous loan spell was curtailed by injury but now he can look forward to an extended run in the side and we wish him every success during his time with us."

Luke's arrival does, of course, mean that Mikkel Andersen won't be returning to the Memorial Stadium for a further loan spell.

The Reading goalkeeper made the last of his 58 league appearances for the club in last night's 3-2 defeat at the hands of Plymouth Argyle.

Nick paid tribute to Mikkel, saying; "Mikkel has enjoyed some great times with us and we have enjoyed seeing him develop into a goalkeeper with a great deal of ability which, we believe, will see him play at the very highest level in the future.

"There were, however, major concerns that Reading were not able to make a quick decision as to Mikkel's future and with the number of games we have this month, we decided that we needed to act quickly to ensure that we had a quality goalkeeper for the remainder of the season.

"That, together with the fact that Mikkel will be required to attend international training camps for his country in February and March meant that we would be without his services on a number of occasions between now and the end of the season.

"We would like to thank Mikkel for his time with us and wish him every success in the future."

Luke Daniels will take on the number one jersey and will take his place in the squad to play Walsall, at the Memorial Stadium, next Tuesday.

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