Harris could be first of many out on loan

Blackpool's Robert Harris

Blackpool's Robert Harris

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BLACKPOOL defender Bob Harris has joined Rotherham on loan – and more could follow him out of the door at Bloomfield Road.

The 25-year-old has found himself behind Stephen Crainey in the pecking order and has been allowed to sign a 28-day loan with the League Two side.

There is an option to extend the deal further but, after the initial month, Pool will insert a 24-hour recall in the deal.

“Bob will get six games with them in the 28 days,” explained Holloway.

“The loan, and first-team football, will get him closer to where we want him to be.

“After the 28 days, I’ll be able to drag him back with one day’s notice if I have to.

“He played against Barnsley, and he did well enough in that game to know that in the long term, he’s going to be a good player for us.

“But I want him to go and play.”

Holloway has a huge squad at Bloomfield Road and will be looking to loan more of his fringe stars out in the coming weeks.

With an international break coming up, it would allow his squad to gain first-team football, without missing too many Seasiders games.

Holloway said: “I might have to do that with a few players to get them some fitness.

“If you want to be at the level of where we are trying to go, you need to be match fit.

“No matter what we do, we can’t seem to get enough games to keep all the squad players happy.

“I knew this at the start of the season, so we will be loaning out people.

“I think they are good enough to be wanted.

“A loan move did Matt Phillips the world of good last year.”

The Harris deal leaves Crainey as Pool’s only recognised left-back.

But it’s not something which overly concerns the Blackpool boss.

“It’s a bit of a gamble, but we have Kirk Broadfoot who can play anywhere along that back line,” Holloway said.

“He’s had a bit of a sore knee, but that’s fine now.

“Broadfoot has played in the Champions League at left-back, so that’s not bad cover, is it?

“Sometimes you tell someone they are going out on loan with the view to a permanent move, but that’s not the case with Rob.

“He’s going to Rotherham, I like their manager, the pitch and the way they play, so he’s going there.

“They need a left-back, so he’ll go straight into their team.

“Hopefully he’ll get a few games.

“Whether I leave him there or bring him back depends on how we do in the meantime.

“He’s one of our least experienced player, he needs games, so that’s why I’m doing it.”