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Rovers pair extend loan deals

Lewis Hardcastle and Matty Platt will continue their development in non-league football

13 March 2019

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Rovers youngsters Lewis Hardcastle and Matty Platt have extended their loan deals with Barrow and Southport respectively.

Hardcastle, who initially joined the Bluebirds on loan in early February, will now remain with the National League side until Sunday 7th April.

The 20-year-old has been a regular feature under Ian Evatt, appearing seven times so far and scoring once, with the goal coming in the 3-1 victory away at high-flying Wrexham last night.

Hardcastle spent the first half of the season on loan at League Two side Port Vale, where he made nine appearances in all competitions, before being recalled in January.

The Academy graduate, who captained Rovers Under-23s to the Premier League 2 Division 2 title last term, previously enjoyed a successful loan spell at Premier League North side Salford City during the 2015-16 season.

As for Platt, he will remain at Southport until Monday 29th April, following some impressive displays for the Sandgrounders since moving to Haig Avenue in February.

Platt previously had a loan spell with Barrow during the 2016-17 season and spent the first half of the current campaign on loan at Accrington Stanley, but was recalled by Rovers in January after making just five appearances for John Coleman's side, all in the cup competitions.

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