Rovers midfielder expected to extend National League loan deal

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Rovers midfielder Tom White is expected to extend his loan deal with National League side Hartlepool United until the end of the season.

The 23-year-old joined the North East based club on an initial 28-day loan deal due to the uncertainty surrounding the National League season due to the lockdown restrictions banning supporters from stadiums.

However, the division has been given the green light to continue, and White is expected to remain with the Pools until the end of the season.

White’s contract with Rovers expires at the end of the season, and he could make the move permanent with Hartlepool with his chances clearly limited at Ewood Park.

Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail, Pools boss Dave Challinor said: “I don’t envisage any issues and from his perspective he’s back home playing football so we look to extend that and it gives us more competition with Feaths [Nicky Featherstone] not too far away and he brings more really good quality to the midfield area.”

White has spoken previously about his desire to remain with Hartlepool, saying: “The initial conversations I’ve had with the gaffer [Dave Challinor] have been more long term than just the 28 days.

“I think it does depend on what happens with the National League and how the voting goes but I’m definitely thinking more long term than just the initial one month.”

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