Blackburn Rovers set to renege on Bradley Orr loan extension
11:14 17 January 2013
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BLACKBURN Rovers are set to renege on an agreement to extend Bradley Orr’s loan spell at Ipswich Town until the end of the season, according to reports in Lancashire.
Blues boss Mick McCarthy last week announced that Rovers had agreed to extend the 30-year-old right-back’s loan spell at the club until the end of the campaign, however, Michael Appleton has since been appointed as manager at Ewood Park.
The former Portsmouth and Blackpool boss has decided to take a look at Orr and, as a result, has decided to recall the defender when his initial loan spell at Portman Road expires on January 26.
It means that Orr will be available for Town’s next two games – at home against Barnsley on Saturday and away at his former club Bristol City the following weekend.
Town’s back-up right-back is teenager Elliott Hewitt, a summer signing from League Two side Macclesfield. The Welsh Under-21 international is tipped for a bright future and impressed on his full debut recently, a 2-1 defeat at Premier League side Aston Villa.
Luke Chambers is also capable at playing right-back, while right-winger Carlos Edwards was a regular in that position under former boss Paul Jewell.
Orr’s departure would open up another loan spot for Blues boss Mick McCarthy, with Championship clubs able to name five domestic loan players in their matchday squads.
McCarthy is understood to be interested in two right-backs at his former club Wolves – Ronald Zubar and Richard Stearman. The Blues have baulked at the £1.8m asking price for the later though, while Zubar was brought in from the cold to start Dean Saunders’ first game in charge – a 1-1 draw with Blackburn.