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Frank Fielding makes loan move from Blackburn to Derby

Frank Fielding
Frank Fielding lost in the League Two play-offs with Rochdale two years ago

Derby County have completed the signing of Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Frank Fielding on a month's loan.

The 22-year-old will act as cover for Steven Bywater, who is set to be out of action for six weeks after fracturing a bone in his wrist.

Rams manager Nigel Clough told the club website: "It is a real coup for us to be able to bring Frank in.

"He is a goalkeeper we have had our eye on for some time. We tried to being him in last season but couldn't."

The England Under-21 international, who helped Stuart Pearce's men qualify for the Under-21 European Championships in midweek, is set to make his Derby debut against Preston on Saturday.

Blackburn and Sam Allardyce have been extremely helpful and we're grateful for their assistance

Nigel Clough

"We chased Frank about a year ago and he's an experienced keeper with several loans elsewhere," added Clough.

"I spoke to Stuart Pearce about Frank as he's seen him in action for England's Under-21s.

"It's important we are positive in our game against Preston as we are away from home in two matches after that."

Fielding is a product of the Blackburn Youth Academy and has had previous loan spells at Wycombe, Northampton, Rochdale and Leeds United.

The Blackburn-born shot-stopper received a call-up to the full England squad for August's friendly against Hungary, when he was an unused substitute.

"Blackburn and Sam Allardyce have been extremely helpful and we're grateful for their assistance," added Clough.



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