Midfielder on trial at Blackpool as loan trio look set to stay

Lewis Hornby
Lewis Hornby

Three loan players are close to extending their stays with Blackpool, who are also running the rule over former Northampton midfielder Lewis Hornby.

The 20-year-old is training with the Seasiders, having been released by the League Two club last summer.

The Gazette also understands that Will Aimson, Andy Little and Hayden White have all received the green light from their parent clubs to stay with Pool after their initial loan deals expired this week.

Hornby’s promising career has been blighted by injury and he has not played a competitive game since May 2013.

After failing to land a new Cobblers contract, Northampton-born Hornby spent the summer training with Championship side Sheffield Wednesday and is now looking to impress at Bloomfield Road.

Aimson, Little and White were all in Pool’s starting 11 for Saturday’s defeat at Burton, and manager Neil McDonald was desperate to keep hold of the trio and avoid a player crisis as the pressure mounts on the Seasiders, who have slipped back into the relegation zone after back-to-back League One defeats.

Their new deals are a much-needed positive development for McDonald but were yet to be confirmed by the club last night.

The Gazette understands that after talks over the weekend a deal has been struck with Bolton which will see full-back White remain at Bloomfield Road until the end of the season.

He has made 11 appearances since joining from the Championship strugglers in October, keeping Emmerson Boyce out of the side.

The 20-year-old will be out of contract at Boltonin the summer and Pool are keen to make the deal permanent.

Elliot Lee’s return to West Ham left Pool without any fit strikers, though the situation has been eased a little by Preston’s agreement to extend Little’s loan until the end of the month.

The 24-year-old is another who McDonald would like to keep hold of on a longer-term basis.

Little has been unlucky with injury since his loan move, picking up a hamstring strain just 32 minutes into his debut against Southend in November.

He has since returned to fitness and scored his first goal for the club in the defeat at Barnsley eight days ago, then completed his first 90 minutes at Burton on Saturday.

Hull are expected to allow Aimson to stay at Blackpool and he has continued to train with the club this week.