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Brentford defender Jack O'Connell returns from Rochdale

29 March 2015

Young defender back from League One loan

Brentford defender Jack O’Connell has been recalled from his loan spell at Rochdale.

The defender joined The Bees from Blackburn Rovers for an undisclosed fee during the January Transfer Window.

He spent the first half of the season on loan at Rochdale from Blackburn and moved back to the Sky Bet League One side last month.

Brentford have recalled the left sided defender, who turns 21 today – Sunday March 29, for the Sky Bet Championship run-in and he will return to West London this week.

Mark Warburton, Brentford FC Manager, said: “Jack has shown his quality during his loan spell at Rochdale.

“He has got some important match time under his belt.

“He will now come back to us for the run-in.

“We have lots of important matches coming up and Jack will be a valuable member of our squad for the final weeks of the season.”

Jack, who can play at left back or centre half, came through the youth ranks at Blackburn and made one appearance for Rovers, in a Capital One Cup tie against Scunthorpe United earlier this season.

He turned professional in the summer of 2012 and had loan spells at Rotherham United and York City during the 2012/13 season before spending the last campaign on loan at Rochdale.

Jack played 38 Sky Bet League Two games for the Greater Manchester outfit as they won promotion, making 45 appearances in all competitions.

He then went back to Rochdale for the first half of the current season and made 17 League One appearances for The Dale, 19 in all competitions, before being recalled at the start of January.

He played a further 12 games in his second spell at Spotland this term and scored two more goals.

Jack played his 100th game in professional football and scored the winner as Rochdale beat Yeovil Town yesterday, Saturday March 28, to climb in to the League One Play-Off places.

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