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.