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8 September 2023

Eight loanees begin to impact their new clubs

- A review of Town’s out-on-loan players
- First goals for Jordan Rhodes and Tyreece Simpson
- Brodie Spencer and Aaron Rowe bag assists too

The eight Town players who are out on loan at other clubs have started to make an impression over the last few weeks, with several of them grabbing their first goals and assists.

Check out our first review of our loanees’ season so far below!

Brodie Spencer, Motherwell

Both Brodie and his club, Motherwell, have made a real impression at the start of the Scottish Premiership season.

The 19-year-old, who is currently on international duty with the Northern Ireland senior squad, has broken straight into the Motherwell team, playing the first two games on the left side of their defence.

However, it was at the other end of the pitch that he made an instant impact, recording an assist for their equaliser in the eventual 2-1 home win over Kilmarnock.

Another 90 minutes followed last weekend as Brodie was part of the resilient display that heralded a 1-0 away win at Hearts. That result put Motherwell second in the division, only nudged out of first place on goal difference.

Scott High, Ross County

Scott was the final player to move out on loan, also moving to the Scottish Premiership to join Ross County.

Upon his arrival, his new manager Malky Mackay told his club’s website:

“I am delighted Scott has decided to join Ross County. At 22, he is a great age to join the club, and has experience playing in over 60 English Championship games. We have been tracking him for some time and are delighted to be able to secure a terrific young Scottish talent.”

Having joined the night before, Scott was an unused substitute for their next game – a 1-0 away win at Kilmarnock that lifted the Staggies into fifth in the league.

Jordan Rhodes, Blackpool

Jordan made his debut for his new League One club as an early substitute in a 3-0 defeat at Lincoln City, replacing the injured Shayne Lavery after just 27 minutes.

He started their next game at home to Wigan Athletic and made an immediate impression on the Bloomfield Road faithful, scoring a typical striker’s goal in the 10th minute from a CJ Hamilton cross to set them on their way to a 2-1 victory!

Kieran Phillips, Shrewsbury Town

Kieran’s first two appearances for Sky Bet League One side Shrewsbury have come as a substitute, appearing up front in the second half of the 1-0 away win at Fleetwood Town and in a 2-0 away defeat to Carlisle United.

Those results leave Shrewsbury in 14th position in the embryonic league table, but they don’t play this weekend as their scheduled game at home to Bolton has been postponed due to international call-ups.

Tyreece Simpson, Northampton Town

Tyreece was one of the earliest players to head out on loan this season, and accordingly has made the most appearances for his new team.

Following four starts and two substitute appearances in Sky Bet League One, he opened his scoring account for Northampton in their midweek EFL Trophy game against Oxford United, converting a penalty.

Connor Mahoney, Gillingham

Mahoney’s move to Sky Bet League Two club Gillingham sees him reunite with his former manager at Millwall, Neil Harris.

Connor has started all three games since he’s been at the club. Despite defeat in his first two league starts at home to Colchester United and at Grimsby Town, the Gills still sit third in the division after a positive start.

He experienced his first win in Gills colours in midweek, playing in the 2-1 victory at home to Leyton Orient in the EFL Trophy.

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Aaron Rowe, Crewe Alexandra

Aaron, who turned 23 on Thursday, has made a positive impression in his first few days as a Crewe player.

Having joined the club close to the transfer deadline, he immediately made his debut as a substitute in the final 15 minutes of their home fixture against MK Dons last weekend, leaving his mark by setting up Chris Long for their final goal of a 3-1 win.

He started his first game in midweek, playing the first hour of the EFL Trophy game against Port Vale.

Michael Acquah, Farsley Celtic

The youngest of our loanees, goalkeeper Michael moved to the Vanarama National League club and has made his first start recently, albeit he couldn’t do anything to prevent a 4-0 defeat at Blyth Spartans.

Town are back in action on Saturday 16 September when Rotherham United visit the John Smith's Stadium in a Yorkshire derby! Get your ticket online now - click HERE!

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