Today it has been announced that Brian Lenihan will spend a month on loan with Blackpool.
The young right-back moved from Cork City to Hull City in August, in which time he has earned enough recognition to be called into Martin O’Neill’s most recent Republic of Ireland squads.
Blackpool manager Lee Clark had this to say, on Blackpool F.C.’s official website, about the loan deal.
“We’re short on defenders anyway in the football club but certainly with Tony (McMahon) being suspended we had to move very, very quickly. Thankfully my relationship with Steve meant that we could get the deal done quite quickly.”
Clark also added that he was already an admirer of Lenihan before the right-back had even joined Hull.
“I was watching him before he signed for Hull when I was Birmingham City manager. He’s very attack-minded and he’s got great energy to get up and down the park.
“I spoke to Steve Bruce and since he’s been at Hull he’s been very impressed by him. We’re going to enjoy working with him.”
This recent move looks likely to see Lenihan gain some valuable experience and playing time. He could, in fact, feature as soon as tomorrow afternoon in the Championship, with the Tangerines travelling to Leeds United.
This is sure to raise the interest of Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane who can now feast their eyes on one of Ireland’s future stars who is set to acquire some valuable playing time, albeit in England’s second tier.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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