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Former Claret Danny Lafferty has today joined Peterborough United in a loan deal from Sheffield United until the end of the season.

Lafferty has been with Sheffield United since the summer of 2016. He signed for them on loan, became a regular in the Blades’ team and they secured his permanent signing in the following January. They won promotion from League One that season with Lafferty making 37 league appearances. However, he’s started only one league game in a season and a half since and this season has been reduced to just one substitute appearance back in September and that for just the last 18 minutes of their 4-1 win against Aston Villa.

He’d had two loans from Burnley prior to moving to Bramall Lane, one at Rotherham and the other at Oldham; it’s the Rotherham loan that has led to today’s move. He was there for the final two months of the 2014/15 season and helped them to promotion to the Championship.

The Rotherham manager at the time was Steve Evans who is now in charge at Peterborough. He said on completing the signing: “It will be good to work with Danny again. He had an excellent loan spell for me at Rotherham when he joined us from Burnley. I can still vividly remember that Sean Dyche had an injury a left-back and recalled Danny and he went straight into their side and did well.

“He has had a magnificent spell at Sheffield United but because of the form of Enda Stevens he is down the pecking order and knowing the boy as I do, he wants to play football. We got permission to speak to him and he was really keen to come and be part of it. We are looking forward to working with him again.”

Evans vividly recalling him going straight back into the Burnley team are somewhat farfetched. He played his final game for Rotherham on 2nd May 2015 and his next game was in a subsequent loan at Oldham. By that time, Lafferty had played his last game for the Clarets.

He signed for us from Derry City in the 2012 January transfer window and went on to make 45 appearances for us before his move to Sheffield United.

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