ACCRINGTON Stanley have extended Joe Wright's loan spell from Huddersfield until the end of the season.

The 20-year-old is the second on-loan defender to commit to the Reds until the end of the campaign in the space of two days, following on from the extension of Brad Halliday's deal on Monday.

Like Halliday, Wright's loan spell from the Terriers expired after Saturday's 3-2 win at Mansfield, but he has now put pen to paper on an extension to keep him at the Wham Stadium for the rest of the season.

"I am buzzing. It’s been really good and the gaffer and Jimmy (Bell) have been great with me in giving me the opportunity," said Wales Under-21 international Wright.

“The lads have helped me settle in and it’s positive for me being around the first team dressing room and playing for points."

Wright featured just three times for Stanley before the start of October, but with the Reds suffering an injury crisis in defence, with Adam Buxton, Dean Winnard and Tom Davies all missing various parts of the season, he has since established himself as a first team regular, starting 11 of the last 12 league and cup fixtures.

"I have been here since pre-season and played in pre-season but didn’t start and have had to wait patiently for my chance.

"Thankfully I got it and have taken it and, after playing alongside Tom (Davies) in pre-season, we have linked up together in the last few games.

"Tom is a good talker and defender and we have built up a defensive partnership."

Wright is now determined to keep his place in John Coleman's side, and like Halliday he is targeting promotion with the Reds - and ideally in the automatic places.

"Personally my aim is to stay in the team and perform well and, for the team, the aim is going up either through the play-offs or preferably automatically," he said.

"I think we are more than capable of going straight up."