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Scott seals Sincil Bank switch

Wharton will head to Lincoln City on loan until the end of the season

31 January 2018

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Young Rovers defender Scott Wharton has completed a deadline day loan move to League Two play-off chasers Lincoln City.

Wharton will link up with the Imps until the end of the season and should they reach the play-offs then the loan will be extended.

The Academy graduate has appeared just twice for the first team this season, both in cup competitions, having featured at Rochdale in the Checkatrade Trophy and against Crewe in the FA Cup back in December.

The defender has provided useful cover for the first team this term, whilst also being a regular for Damien Johnson's high-flying Under-23s side.

However, with Charlie Mulgrew's ankle injury not as bad as first feared and Darragh Lenihan making his comeback from a long-term lay-off for the Under-23s at Fulham later this week, the move gives Wharton a chance to taste regular first team football.

The move to Sincil Bank will see the 20-year-old get further League Two experience under his belt, having enjoyed a similar stint at Cambridge United in the second half of last season, where he appeared nine times and scored once for the U's.

Manager Tony Mowbray hinted at the switch after Tuesday night's 3-1 win over Walsall, saying: "One or two young players might go out to get some experience and to play.

"I think it’s important for their development; the Under-23s have been doing so well that the phone has been ringing off the hook for some of those players.

"It’s a balance between not leaving ourselves short but, if they’re not going to play, they need to go out and play with men in front of a crowd who cheer them when they do something good and boo them when they make mistakes. It makes them footballers quicker."

Everyone at Rovers wishes Scott well during his loan spell and look forward to welcoming him back at the end of the season.

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