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Jeepers keepers

IT was a case of all change on the Blackpool goalkeeping scene after a day of frenzied transfer activity at Bloomfield Road.

The final day of the January transfer window saw Huddersfield keeper Paul Rachubka arrive at Blackpool, with Lee Jones and Lewis Edge making their exit.

The 25-year-old American Rachubka, who has joined the Seasiders on loan for the rest of the season, started his career at Manchester United and made his solitary Premiership appearance in place of the injured Fabien Barthez in a 4-1 win over Leicester seven years ago.

Signed by Charlton for 200,000, he moved on to the Terriers in November 2004.

The best remembered of his 70 appearances for Huddersfield was at the Millennium Stadium, where his penalty shoot-out saves helped clinch promotion to League One in the 2005 play-off final against Mansfield.

Having lost his place to Matt Glennon at the Galpharm, Rachubka was loaned out to Peterborough before Christmas.

Lee Jones, 36, who made close to 100 appearances for Pool after signing from Stockport in the summer of 2003, made his move to Darlington permanent, having joined the League Two club on loan last month.

Despite an outstanding 2005-6, he was denied first-team opportunities this season and has signed for the Quakers for the rest of the season following three matches on loan.

And Lewis Edge has joined Rochdale on loan until the end of the season.

Edge, 21, returns to Rochdale after a loan spell at the start of the season and played for his new team against Blackpool in last night's reserve game at Fleetwood.

Simon Wiles has returned to Macclesfield on loan until the end of the season.

The Seasiders' winger has spent the past two months undergoing treatment back at Bloomfield Road after damaging cruciate ligaments on his fourth appearance for the Silkmen against Stockport.

The 21-year-old is still not fit but should be able to play some part in Macc's mission to stay in the League.

Grayson said: "Macclesfield were keen to have Simon back.

"He will continue his re-hab there and hopefully he will be fit to do a job for them. The deal suits both parties."

Striker Sean Paterson has extended his loan at Southport until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has scored twice in six appearances for the Conference strugglers.

steve.simpson@blackpoolgazette.co.uk

 
 
 

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