Joe Lumley recalled from loan spell by QPR

Joe Lumley has been recalled from his loan
Joe Lumley has been recalled from his loan

Blackpool goalkeeper Joe Lumley has been recalled early from his loan spell by parent club Queens Park Rangers.

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The decision comes after QPR shot stopper Matt Ingram suffered concussion in their game against Brentford at the weekend, which rules him out of action following the seven-day protocol.

Lumley has delivered a number of impressive performances since arriving at Bloomfield Road in January on a loan deal until the end of the season.

During that time he has kept nine clean sheets in 18 appearances, playing a vital role in steering the Seasiders away from the relegation zone and up into the top-half of the table.

Manager Gary Bowyer said: “Joe’s had a massive impact on the team and, in my opinion, he has all the attributes to go far in the game.

“He’s a fantastic lad and he goes back to QPR with our very best wishes.”

Speaking just last week, Lumley refused to rule out re-joining Blackpool in future should he fail to hold down first-team football at QPR.

When asked if there’s any chance of a return next year, Lumley said: “I stay here at the club hotel and I go up to the restaurant a lot to eat; while I’m there a lot of the fans and a lot of the sponsors are up there and we speak about the future.

“I’ve said to them ‘you never know, you never know what’s going to happen in football.’

“I’ve enjoyed myself at Blackpool since I came in January, so never say never.

“But my aim is to go back to QPR and be number one.

"I don’t know what’s going to happen with the goalkeepers there, I’m just going to push myself and work as hard as possible every day when I go back there in pre-season.

"But while I’m here, I’m learning every day and that’s all you can do when you’re a young player. Keep learning and keep working hard.”

Lumley's departure will give the likes of Christoffer Mafoumbi the chance to impress in Pool's last two games of the season.