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Alex Whitmore has become the fourth player to return this week after a first half of the season loan to the Football League.

Alex has had a mixed time at Morecambe for whom he’s played 23 times. He’s impressed too, playing in the Football League for the first time, and would have had more games but for two red cards that led to him missing seven games through suspension.

Alex Whitmore 's loan at Morecambe has ended
Alex Whitmore ‘s loan at Morecambe has ended

He’s returned along with Ntumba Massanka, who made 11 appearances from the bench, and that’s mainly due to the problems at Morecambe. They are now under a transfer embargo and the suggestion is that manager Jim Bentley has not been able to keep the two young Burnley players.

Josh Ginnelly is back from Walsall, as we reported a few days ago. There was a period in November when he played really well but manager Jon Whitney has decided not to try and keep him. He said of Josh: “Quite early we were debating whether Josh would go back to Burnley but full credit to him, the penny dropped and he started to grow in confidence. His general attitude improved and he earned his place in the team for a run of games.

“I think we were waiting for him to kick on again but we need someone who was more productive in terms of goals and assists. I had to be honest with him and I couldn’t see him getting match minutes.

“He need to go and play more games, whether that’s in League One or League Two. There’s nothing but pluses for Josh. I’ll give him a glowing reference but we just couldn’t wait for him to push on.”

It was reported in the West Midlands that Ginnelly could be a target for National League Tranmere for the second half of the season.

We also reported Dan Agyei’s return from Coventry. New manager Russell Slade has dispensed with all of the loan players. He’d already said that Dan had been a pleasure to work with but he was left out of the Coventry team on Monday and travelled with our first team to Manchester City.

He too has been linked with a potential loan move for the second half of the season with all of Brentford, QPR and Northampton believed to be interested in him.

Apart from Tony Aghayere and Billy Grogan, at Colne and Nelson respectively, the only players now out on loan are Danny Lafferty (Sheffield United), Rouwen Hennings (Fortuna Dusseldorf), Fredrik Ulvestad (Charlton), Chris Long (Fleetwood), Tom Anderson (Chesterfield) and Luke Hendrie (Kilmarnock).

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