Youngster to see out season with GreciansJack Stacey has agreed a deal to remain with loan club Exeter City for the remainder of the 2016/17 campaign.
The versatile 20-year-old has made 19 appearances to date with the League 2 side since joining them in September – and most recently has nailed down a place at right-back in the absence through injury of another former Royal in Pierce Sweeney.
The Devon club were struggling to find results in the opening weeks of the season, and it looked like the campaign might turn into a relegation scrap. But Stacey’s side have picked up some blistering form more recently; their 3-0 win against Tariqe Fosu’s Colchester on Saturday took their run to seven wins and two draws in an unbeaten last nine, leaving them a point off the play-off places.
And now, much like Craig Tanner at Plymouth and Fosu at Colchester, Stacey has committed to see out a promotion-pushing season with the Grecians at St James Park.
Elsewhere, a number of other youngsters from our Under-23 setup have also sealed loan moves in recent days.
Jake Sheppard has linked up with National League outfit Dagenham & Redbridge on a youth loan until the end of the season. He was due to be in contention for a debut last weekend, but after their game against Bromley was postponed, he could make his Daggers bow at Tranmere instead.
It was a similar story for Harrison Bennett as National League South side Margate – who he has joined on a one-month youth loan – had their game against East Thurrock called off. But they visit Bath City next Saturday, where fellow Royals U23 Axel Andresson is currently on loan.
Forward Harry Cardwell has also linked up with Brighton & Hove Albion’s Under-23s – he isn’t eligible to feature in their Premier League Cup fixture against Nottingham Forest on Monday evening, but could debut in their Premier League 2 Division 2 match at Blackburn a week later.
And finally, goalkeeper Joe Tupper has seen his loan stint with Carshalton Athletic in the Ryman League South extended until the end of the campaign.