Accrington prepare to unleash Liverpool youngster Craig Roddan on County

First published in Sport

LIVERPOOL starlet Craig Roddan will be aiming to make an instant impact for Accrington Stanley against Newport County AFC on Saturday, writes Andrew Penman.

The Exiles suffered at the hands of Everton loanee Hallam Hope as he scored the opener in the 2-1 win for Northampton Town at Rodney Parade last weekend.

And manager Justin Edinburgh will be hoping lightning doesn’t strike twice when his side takes on Liverpool loan star Roddan at the Crown Ground.

The 20-year-old midfielder came through the Reds’ academy and has just completed a similar loan spell at League One side Carlisle.

“Craig's a very good young player,” said Accrington manager James Beattie.

“He’s very competitive, technically sound and good on the ball as you would expect from a player who has come through at a club like that.

“I tried to get him before and Craig actually trained with us once but the deal fell through.

“We’ve managed to make it happen now and we’re delighted.

“He can play in a number of different positions but he also knows the game and has that pedigree of coming from such a big club.

“He comes with a glowing report from his coaches and we can’t wait to see him wear the Stanley shirt.”

Roddan made just one appearance for Carlisle when he stepped off the substitutes’ bench in last month’s home win against Tranmere.

He briefly returned to Liverpool last week before his move to Accrington was agreed.

“Craig is a great lad and he has worked very hard with us, but it’s one we aren’t going to pursue at this moment in time,” Carlisle boss Graham Kavanagh told the club’s official website.

“It goes without saying that we wish him all the very best.”

Stanley were beaten 4-1 at Rodney Parade on the opening day of the season and did not win a match in League Two until October 22.

That win started a fine run of form as they climbed off the foot of the table but Beattie’s side are still just two points above the relegation zone as they prepare to host promotion hopefuls County.

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2:14pm Tue 7 Jan 14

llandaff says...

Never mind about Craig Roddan. When are we going to see our starlet Christian Jolley put in a decent performance? It is time for him to step up to the plate and start scoring goals again otherwise why put him in the team?

Minshull has got to be a first choice starter for the midfield as well.

JE also needs to think more tactically as substitutions need to be made a lot sooner than last Saturday if things are not going well.
Never mind about Craig Roddan. When are we going to see our starlet Christian Jolley put in a decent performance? It is time for him to step up to the plate and start scoring goals again otherwise why put him in the team? Minshull has got to be a first choice starter for the midfield as well. JE also needs to think more tactically as substitutions need to be made a lot sooner than last Saturday if things are not going well. llandaff
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5:46pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Adrian Williams says...

Once Jolley finds the back of the net, I think his confidence will improve and he'll turn the corner
Once Jolley finds the back of the net, I think his confidence will improve and he'll turn the corner Adrian Williams
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6:43pm Tue 7 Jan 14

COUNTYVOICE says...

agree with llandaff more news about county strikers and space fillers about stanley's new signings
agree with llandaff more news about county strikers and space fillers about stanley's new signings COUNTYVOICE
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7:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

BassalegCountyFan says...

since I found out that James Beattie admitted to being a tory voter I think its especially important that we beat Accrington!
Come on the Port
since I found out that James Beattie admitted to being a tory voter I think its especially important that we beat Accrington! Come on the Port BassalegCountyFan
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