By DAN KARELL
Following two man of the match performances in four games, Bristol Rovers weren’t ready to let American youngster Will Packwood return to Birmingham City.
The League Two club announced on Wednesday that they were extending the emergency loan of Packwood through early January. The versatile player, who can play in both midfield and defense, has played in four straight matches and logged 90 minutes in each game, furthering his recovery from a serious leg break in early 2012.
“We are delighted that Will is extending his spell with us, he is a good player and he is going to grow into a very good player,” Rovers manager John Ward said in a statement. “Will and Tom Parkes have developed a very good partnership together, and they are two very impressive young players, with exciting futures ahead of them.
“This will also buy us more time to get Mark McChrystal the fitness work he needs. Next week he is going to the FA Centre in Burton, and then we will have him back and hopefully get him back up to fitness.”
Packwood’s performances have helped Bristol Rovers move up from the relegation zone into 20th place in the League Two table. Packwood is currently signed with Birmingham City through next summer, after signing a one-year contract extension this year.
The loan deal stipulates that for U.S. youth international will return to Birmingham on January 11 and can be recalled at any time, subject to 24 hours notice.
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