Blackpool extend loan of Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan until the end of the season

Heneghan has made 23 appearances for the Seasiders this season
Heneghan has made 23 appearances for the Seasiders this season
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Blackpool have confirmed they have extended the loan of Sheffield United defender Ben Heneghan until the end of the season.

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The 26-year-old featured for the Seasiders in their FA Cup defeat to Reading last night in what was the final game of his initial loan spell.

However, the Seasiders have now extended that deal and the centre back will now remain with the club for the remainder of the campaign.

“I’m happy to get it over the line and help the club with its ambitions for the rest of the season," the defender said.

"The club and the supporters have been really good to me in the 18 months that I’ve been here and I want to continue to repay the faith the manager and the club have shown in me since I joined.

“We’ve made good additions in the transfer window and hopefully we can continue to grow as a team and have a good second half of the season.”

Heneghan, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has made 23 appearances for the club this season, scoring three times.

This will be the second full campaign the centre back will have spent with the club having impressed in his 49 appearances last season.

Heneghan had been linked with a permanent move to the Championship this month, Luton Town among those to have reportedly taken an interest.

But, despite suggestions that Sheffield United could look to cash in on the defender this month before losing him for nothing in the summer, Heneghan has now decided to remain on the Fylde coast for the remainder of the campaign.

Chief executive Ben Mansford said: “One of our key aims in this window was to keep Ben Heneghan at the club for a longer period.

"Therefore, we are all delighted to announce that Ben will stay with us on loan for the rest of the campaign.

"Ben’s extension needs no further comment. He’s an important part of what we have achieved in recent times and he’s staying to help us push on.”

The completion of Heneghan's loan extension is expected to just be the first piece of transfer business the club do today.

One or two fringe players who are in need of regular first-team football are also likely to depart on loan.