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MANAGER: He's back with us

Keith Millen on the short-term United loanees

10 February 2022

United’s currently have a trio of players out on short-term loan deals with Lewis Bell at Warrington, Taylor Charters at Gateshead and Josh Dixon at Workington.

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Dixon, who has 14 days left of his spell at Borough Park, missed out on a Tuesday night fixture at Bootle when heavy rain left the pitch unplayable. He notched up 20 minutes at the weekend when he came off the bench to replace Dave Symington in what was a  2-0 home over Mossley for the table toppers.

Midfielder Taylor Charters is into the final few days of his stay with the Heed, and manager Keith Millen confirmed that there will be discussions involving all parties with a view to what happens next.

“He got on and scored the other night, so that was good,” he said. “There’s been discussions this week, because his last game is this weekend.

“I’ll be speaking to Taylor to see how he’s getting on. He’s probably not had as much game time as we’d have liked but he’s been involved in all the games.

“I’ll have a chat with him and speak to the other club to see what their thoughts are. It’s great that he’s in and around them and playing – that’s what we want to continue with him really.

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“I need to check with the lad first, see if he’s enjoying it and if he feels he’s getting enough out of it. If I felt that he would have an impact in the starting eleven for us I would call him back.

“I think the squad’s strong enough with what we’ve got, there are players I’ve brought in that I want to give some game time to. If it means him staying there and getting more football, then we’d do that.”

More of a clear-cut case is with attacking midfielder Lewis Bell, who got limited game time at Warrington.

“That’s annoyed me, that one,” the manager admitted. “We have called him back. He’s got to see his loan out, but that’s not worked, that one, for whatever reason.

“He won’t be going back there, and nor will any other players from us. We need to find somewhere else because he needs to play games.

“We will be looking for that. But he has ten days, something like that, on the loan. That won’t be happening again. 

“He’s come back to because if they’re not going to use him I don’t want him going there. There’s no point. He’s been training with us this week but he can’t be involved with us until the loan’s finished.”

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