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Tranmere snap up defender Gunning

Gavin Gunning
Gunning was on Blackburn's pre-season tour of Austria

Tranmere Rovers have signed Blackburn centre-half Gavin Gunning on a one-month loan.

Gunning, 18, will join Rovers' first-team squad for Saturday's opening League One game at Yeovil.

The Republic of Ireland Under-19 player featured for Blackburn in pre-season matches and had enjoyed a regular starting spot in the team's reserves.

Tranmere manager John Barnes said: "He (Gunning) is another young, talented defender who will improve our squad."

"I'd like to thank Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce for allowing Gavin to join us on loan," added Barnes.

Strengthening his defence ahead of the trip to Huish Park had been a priority for Barnes, with veteran centre-half Ian Goodison and versatile Australian Gareth Edds both missing the match through suspension.

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