DAN Barlaser will remain at Accrington Stanley on loan for the second half of the season after a deal was struck between the Reds and Newcastle. 

The midfielder has impressed for John Coleman’s side this term since joining in August on a loan switch which ran until January 2. 

Stanley were keen to keep him at the club and have now struck a deal with Magpies allowing the 21-year-old to stay in East Lancashire until the summer. 

Barlaser will be available for the Reds for their FA Cup third round tie with Ipswich this weekend. 

Meanwhile, the Reds have lost defenders Nick Anderton and Matty Platt after both players returned to their parent clubs.

Platt was on a season-long deal at the Wham Stadium but has struggled for game time and has been recalled by Blackburn Rovers. Anderton’s deal expired after the defeat to Bradford City on New Year’s Day and he has now returned to Blackpool.
Reds boss Coleman is working hard to resolve the futures of his remaining four loan players.

Connor Ripley is on a deal to the end of the season and has reportedly attracted interest from Championship clubs while Michael Ihiekwe (Rotherham), Connor Hall (Bolton Wanderers) and Luke Charman (Newcastle) have seen their loan stays expire. 

And Coleman admits it is a tricky situation to manage as he seeks to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window. 

“It is difficult but that is what you get paid for,” he said. “You just have to work hard to bring the right players in, there is no point in just taking players for the sake of it. You have to be improving what you have. 

“I am trying my hardest to resolve them (the loanees) as soon as possible so if it is before the weekend then great but if it’s not then it’s not.”

One potential replacement for Anderton could be Newcastle youngster Liam Gibson who Stanley are monitoring.