Rovers Under-23s captain Lewis Hardcastle has joined League Two side Port Vale on loan until the end of the season.

The central midfielder will spend the season at Vale Park after agreeing the deal before tomorrow’s 5pm loan deadline.

Hardcastle has been a regular in the Under-23s since the end of the 2014/15 season before a loan move to Salford City in the following year.

He captained the club’s Under-23s to the Premier League 2 Division Two title last season and has featured in all three of their matches so far this season.

The 20-year-old has a year left to run on his current Rovers contract after signing a 12 month extension to his deal in 2017.

Port Vale are currently 15th in the League Two with two wins and three defeats from their opening five matches.

Hardcastle will hope to make his debut when the Valiants host Newport County tomorrow.

He follows fellow Academy products Scott Wharton (Lincoln City) and Matty Platt (Accrington Stanley) in moving out on loan.