Rovers duo head out on loan to EFL clubs


Rovers have confirmed that Brad Lyons and Hayden Carter have headed out on loan to the lower leagues of the Football League.

Lyons has been one of the standout players in Billy Barr’s U23 side this season, scoring six times in his last six matches, leaving him joint-top of Rovers’ scoring charts.

He was also part of the matchday squad for the first team’s victory over Rotherham in December, and this loan spell will give him the first-team experience required to make the next step in his career.

The 23-year-old signed from Coleraine in his home country back in 2018, and has become a key figure of the U23 side.

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Lyons has also spent time with St Mirren in the second half of the 2018-19 season, helping them stay in the top flight of Scottish football.

Speaking to the official Morecambe website, Lyons said: “I feel privileged to be here.

“Morecambe’s a good club that’s on the up and fighting for a place in the play-offs at the minute so I can’t wait to get started.

“Hopefully I can do well, help the club and maybe put myself in the spotlight.”

Meanwhile, defender Hayden Carter has moved to League One side Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season.

Carter has been with Rovers since December 2013, quickly progressing through the ranks to become a regular member of the U18 side – captaining them to the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup – and then the U23s, scoring in the Lancashire Senior Cup final win over Burnley.

It has been a mixed season for Carter, who has been a regular part of the first team squad, but this has seen his game time limited as a substitute, and he has often missed the U23 fixtures.

Carter told the Burton club website: “I’m obviously excited to be here. Being the gaffer’s first signing, I’m proud of that because we know what he’s done in his playing career and last time he was at the club.


“A few nights ago I got a call from the gaffer at Blackburn (Tony Mowbray) to say that the gaffer here wanted me to come down and train a few times, sign me on loan and get a few games in.

“As soon as I found out about it I wanted to get down here and get into it.”

Carter will be looking to follow in the footsteps of Darragh Lenihan, who spent time on loan with Burton Albion in the 2014-15 season, where the Brewers gained promotion under current manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink.

Both players’ loan spells will be covered in our Loan Watch series, which will return fortnightly, starting 11 January.

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