Dream loan move for ex-Reds midfielder PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Walsh   
Friday, 08 January 2021

david lynch.pngFormer Workington Reds midfielder David Lynch could be set to face Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s FA Cup tie with Marine.

Now player-manager with Reds’ NPL North West rivals Clitheroe, Lynch has linked-up with the Merseysiders for their epic Cup clash.

After an approach from Marine FC, the Clitheroe board agreed to release Lynch’s player registration for a period of 14 days to allow him to be involved with Marine in their FA Cup third round tie.

A Clitheroe statement said: “Whilst acknowledging that such a move is probably without precedent, the Board took into account the fact that it is unlikely that the Clitheroe squad will be able to train or play for the foreseeable future. It has no impact on David’s role as manager of Clitheroe FC.

“We have an excellent relationship as a club with Marine, and their manager Neil Young has worked in the recent past with both David and with our Director of Football, Carl Garner.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for David personally and the Board knows that David will acquit himself and represent the club in the professional fashion in which he does everything.

“Finally, as a league, we are very proud of the showcase that Marine can now provide to a wider audience of the quality of football at this level and we are very happy to play a small part in that.”

Lynch has had very limited game time for Clitheroe so the late signing is an intriguing one.

But on a wider front, with the NPL on the verge of shutting down for the season, National North clubs will (certainly for the moment) be still playing and are likely to be looking for fresh faces to give themselves some momentum.

NPL players are likely to be the subject of loan enquiries and leading clubs like Workington, Colne, Ramsbottom, Marske and Dunston could find themselves asked if they will allow their players to go out on loan.

Different managers are likely to have differing views, and all Reds boss Danny Grainger  would say is that there have been no approaches as yet and if there were he would discuss it with the player concerned.

It’s one to bear in mind, however, as the decision to void the season again unfortunately moves ever closer.

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