Rovers midfielder extends loan deal with promotion-chasing side

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Tom White has re-joined National League side Hartlepool United on loan until the end of the season.

White signed for Hartlepool on an initial 28-day loan deal back in February due to the uncertainty surrounding the National League season, but the league will continue following approval from the relative authorities.

It was expected that the 23-year-old would extend his loan spell with the Pools after his deal expired last week, but no move had been completed until yesterday morning, making White ineligible for their fixtures until the two sides came to a deal.

However, White still travelled with the side to Altrincham on Tuesday night, and continued to train with the Pools before the extension was granted.

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White returned to the Hartlepool side, and played the full ninety minutes as the National League outfit drew 0-0 at home with Eastleigh, moving to second in the division as they look to return to the Football League for the first time since 2017.

Speaking to the official Hartlepool United website, Pools manager Dave Challinor spoke of his delight of keeping White with the club: “We always wanted Tom to stay longer then the initial one month. It’s obviously taken a little time but I’m glad it’s finally done.”

It is expected that White will leave Rovers in the summer following the expiration of his contract, and Hartlepool could take the option of making his deal a permanent one this summer.

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As always, we’ll cover Tom White’s performances – as well as all of the Rovers contingent out on loan – in our weekly ‘Loan Watch’ series, released every Monday.

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