Chester and Brandy join loan exodus; Zieler extends Cobblers stay; Reserves snowed off
Posted by nickogs20 on February 2, 2009
As the winter transfer window slammed firmly shut, two of United’s reserve squad were heading off on loan, another was extending his spell in League One, while those left behind were once again frustrated by the weather.
Reserves skipper James Chester was the first to depart, his loan move to Peterborough being confirmed early on deadline day. The 20 year-old was recently handed his senior debut by Sir Alex Ferguson and will now be looking to make his bow in league football under the tutelage of Sir Alex’s son Darren, manager at London Road. Ferguson Jr, himself a former United academy graduate and Premiership winner with the Reds in 92/93, has injury doubts in defence, most notably surrounding Welsh international centre-half Craig Morgan, and moved swiftly to secure Chester on an initial one-month loan deal.
In an interview with Peterborough’s official website, theposh.com, Ferguson spoke of his delight at securing Chester’s services:
“Craig Morgan will go for an x-ray but I suspect he will be out for a while and James fits the bill. He is a young lad, about 6ft, has a good spring and pace and is an aggressive young defender. The fact he is at Manchester United tells its own story. It is initially for a month and he will go straight into the team on Tuesday night, if the game is on. James made his debut against Derby and has been on the fringes of the first team, but they have some top defenders at Old Trafford.”
“It is a good experience for James to come out and get some games in the league and we are delighted to have him on board. It had to be done very quickly, I was speaking with my dad on Saturday night and he has helped us out. I look forward to working with him”.
For his part, James was excited to be getting out on loan and looking forward to his first real taste of senior football:
“It came about really quickly to be fair. I was training with United on Sunday and when I got home I had a telephone call from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who told me to expect a call in the next five minutes from the boss at Old Trafford. Sir Alex told me he wanted me to go on-loan to Peterborough and Darren Ferguson rang me shortly afterwards. I am really excited, I have been wanting to go out on loan for a little while now and this is a good move for me because I want matches under my belt and first team experience.”
“Darren has said that Peterborough is a good club to come to, the team like to play football and it is the right move for me. I just can’t wait to get started now”.
Unfortunately for James, tomorrow’s game at Brighton has fallen foul of the weather and he will have to wait until Saturday’s home clash with Carlisle United to make his debut. He will wear the number 35 shirt.
The second exit of the day wasn’t confirmed until nearly 12 hours later, news of Febian Brandy’s loan move to Hereford United not emerging until around 8pm. 20 on Wednesday, Brandy will be looking to make up for a disappointing first half of the season where he was unable to force himself into the starting lineup at Swansea City, and will team up with fellow Red Sam Hewson, who has made a promising start to his own spell at Edgar Street. The pair linked up brilliantly in United’s runs to the FA Youth Cup final and Champions Youth Cup title in 2007 and Hereford boss Graham Turner will be hoping for similar results as he looks to the young United duo to help his side claw their way to safety in League One.
The Bulls’ game at Carlisle tomorrow night is another victim of the weather so Febian’s debut is likely to come on Saturday as Hereford entertain Brighton. No word on the striker’s squad number yet, nor any reaction to the move from Febian or anyone at Hereford – we’ll hopefully have that tomorrow.
One other League One club was tying up a loan deal for a United starlet today, although this time it was an extension. Ron-Robert Zieler’s spell at Northampton Town has been extended for a further month, with the German keeper now committed to the Sixfields club until February 25th. Zieler is yet to make an appearance for the Cobblers, but a second extension to the initial one-month deal signed back in December would appear to indicate that all parties are happy with the arrangement.
One final snippet – unsurprisingly, the cold snap that has sent the country into quite hilarious chaos has led to the postponement of tonight’s Manchester Senior Cup tie with Manchester City, due to take place at the Regional Athletics Arena. Frustrating for those due to play, but coach Ole Solskjaer is looking on the bright side:
“We had a few matches called off towards the end of last year, and we started this year by having Blackburn away postponed, but that will be good for us when the games come thick and fast. We’ll get into a similar routine to the first-team’s busiest times, playing twice a week, albeit on Mondays and Thursdays. It will be great.”
We’ll have news on a date and time for the re-arranged fixture as soon as that information is released.