Date: 23rd December 2015 at 3:27pm
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Neil McDonald has told the official site of his desire to keep several loan players at the club beyond when their deals expire.

Dean Lyness, Hayden White, Will Aimson, Andy Little and Elliot Lee are all set to return to their parent clubs in the new year which would leave Neil McDonald with a very small squad.

Whilst loan players have benefited Blackpool both in the past and this season, the dangers of having a large section of the squad on temporary deals is a risky strategy as the squad can deplete very quickly when deals expire.

All of the players above have impressed when they have played. Lyness has been a fine replacement for Colin Doyle in goal, White and Aimson have impressed defensively and Lee and Little whilst not scoring yet have threatened opposition defences.

Neil McDonald told the official site: ‘We’re looking to extend if we can, if we feel they can contribute. The ones who are in the team at the moment certainly are doing. We’re in touch with the clubs already and we’re working behind the scenes to try and strengthen the squad by signing players. If we need to use an extension on the loans then we’ll certainly do that.’

Andy Little was injured in his first game but the rest of the above players have featured heavily in the first team recently.

Colin Doyle and Kyle Letheren should be returning in the near future which could impact any decision to renew Lyness’s loan deal, however McDonald may well be keen on renewing deals for all of these players.