Blues’ boss Phil Brown has added to his defensive strength with the capture of Blackburn Rovers’ youngster Andy Jackson.
The 19-year-old arrives at Shawbridge on an initial month’s loan with a view to being part of the squad for Saturday’s home game against Runcorn Linnets after training with the Blues on Thursday night.
Former Liverpool Academy graduate Jackson has been at Ewood Park for the past three years and is part of Rovers’ Under-23s’ squad playing in Premier League Two.
“With Craig (Stanley) moving to Nuneaton and a couple of injuries we are just a bit short of depth at the back” said Brown.
“Andy will add to that and the quality we’ve got in the squad. He can play in a couple of positions and comes highly recommended by Billy Barr (Rovers’ U23 boss), who I have been speaking to, and we’re grateful to Blackburn for letting him come to us.”
The Blues – who have allowed striker Elliott Pond to leave – look for their opening home win of the campaign against Runcorn after suffering a first away defeat at Ramsbottom in mid-week.
Brown’s young side is currently eighth in the BetVictor North-West Division – five places better off than the Linnets – and the manager believes they can climb higher with a more ruthless streak.
“I don’t think we’re too far away,” added the Blues’ boss.
“I was pleased with a lot of things on Tuesday night. We just need to try and cut out some errors and show a bit more guile in both boxes.
“But the lads were lively in training on Thursday night and we’re looking forward to tomorrow.
“We want to put last Saturday’s result (a 2-1 defeat to Prescot Cables) right and turn those narrow defeats into point-winning performances – especially at home.”
As well as the inclusion of Jackson in the Clitheroe squad, mid-week midfield signing Oscar O'Neil is set to make a Shawbridge debut after an impressive first outing in a Blues' shirt in the 2-0 loss at Ramsbottom.