Seasiders get Edge back
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blackpool have recalled goalkeeper Lewis Edge from his loan at Rochdale.
Blackpool have recalled goalkeeper Lewis Edge from his loan at League Two side Rochdale.
A thumb injury to Lee Jones forced Seasiders boss Simon Grayson to bring Edge back to Bloomfield Road early.
The young custodian was due to stay with The Dale until the New Year, but will now be on the substitutes' bench to back up number one Rhys Evans at Bristol City on Saturday.
Spotland boss Steve Parkin was disappointed to lose Edge from his League Two squad.
"He's a super lad and he has been a super signing for us, obviously the public haven't seen him play in the first team, but he has been great for (Rochdale number one) Matthew Gilks," Parkin told the club's official website.
"We are disappointed to lose him and it's just another kick in the nether regions for us, but hopefully, we can get him back at some stage, if he's not there too long."
Meanwhile, Parkin has failed in his attempts to sign former Everton striker Michael Branch on loan.
The Dale had reached a deal with League Two rivals Chester City to take Branch on loan until the New Year, but the striker has opted against the temporary move.
"Chester have been as good as gold in the matter," Parkin added.
"They agreed the loan until the New Year and it looks like the player has decided to think twice about it.
"He has then gone on to pick up a calf injury in training, so for the moment at least, the deal is off."