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Accrington Stanley sign Joe Jacobsen and Ian Craney

Joe Jacobson
Joe Jacobson scored the winner for Stanley against Bury earlier this month

Accrington Stanley have signed defender Joe Jacobson and midfielder Ian Craney and extended the loan of Burnley's Irish defender Kevin Long.

Jacobson, 24, who had been on loan at the Crown Ground, has now signed a deal until the end of the season after Oldham agreed to release him.

Craney, 28, was also on loan at Stanley and Fleetwood agreed to let him go so he could sign an 18-month deal.

Long, 21, has signed an extension that takes him up to the end of the season.

He first joined Stanley on a three-month loan in mid-October, making 10 League Two appearances before breaking a toe in the 2-1 win at Cheltenham.

"Coming and playing competitive games has been good for me," Long told the Accrington club website.

"I am delighted to be back and getting more games. When I got injured I was still in touch.

"They were telling me that they'd try and sort it so I never had any doubts that it was going to go through again."

It's been a bit up in the air but I've managed to sign permanently until the end of the season

Joe Jacobsen

Long will now continue his recovery from his injury as he looks to make his first-team return.

"Kevin's about a week away from fitness," said assistant manager Jimmy Bell.

"He cracked a bone in toe but should be fine. He's improved no end since he came and we're hoping he can slot straight back in."

As for Jacobson, he has made seven appearances for the Reds since his initial arrival on loan in late November.

"I'm very pleased that it's all done," he said. "It's been a bit up in the air about what was happening but I've managed to sign permanently until the end of the season.

"It's been good in the last few months playing games and doing well."

"Joe's a fantastic addition," said Bell. "He's a natural left- back and gives great balance on the left side."

Craney played three times during his loan spell which ended earlier this month. He joined Stanley first in 2004 and left for Swansea in 2007, before returning to the Crown Ground later that year, initially on loan. He then left for Huddersfield in 2008, before returning in November.



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