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LOAN: Reds midfielder gets the Blues

28 November 2013

Liverpool man signs loan deal

United have today completed the signing of Liverpool midfielder Craig Roddan on a one-month youth loan agreement, with a view to a permanent move, which keeps him at Brunton Park until 1 January 2014. 

Fazakerley-born Roddan, 20, is a central midfield player who was an unsung hero of the Reds’ U18 side that came so close to League Championship glory in 2010-11. 

He became a regular in the U21 side the following season and featured heavily in the NextGen campaign during the same year. 

Roddan also featured in United’s 5-1 reserve win against Rangers at Murray Park at the beginning of October.

"Craig is a very good prospect," manager Graham Kavanagh said. "He's played most of his career with Liverpool and it goes without saying that he has had a fantastic grounding in the game. 

"He's a player I have watched a lot and he has a huge amount of potential. He's definitely one for the future."

"Hopefully he'll get up to speed as quickly as we need him to be and we're looking forward to seeing him in and around the squad. I've spoken to him already and he knows he's here to push every single player in that position.

"He played really well in the game we won against Rangers last month and he scored against Middlesbrough when I watched the Liverpool U21 game the other week. He's very disciplined and he clearly understands the role, and he is the type of character we want at the club.

"He's technically decent and he puts demands on everyone around him, even in the training sessions that we've had as a group. It's an initial one month spell with us and things could develop further with him once we get into the January window."

Craig Roddan will wear squad number 10.

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