Matty Lund has today signed an extension to his loan spell from Premier League side Stoke City, meaning he will remain with us until the end of April. The club would have extended it for the rest of the season if it was possible, but seeing as he was signed as an 'emergency' loan, the maximum you can keep a player is 93 days.
Either way Lund is beginning to establish himself within the team and has registered a number of impressive performances over the past few weeks. It was his marauding run in to the box at Rotherham that created our winner as he passed wide to Lee Brown, who crossed for the on-rushing Andy Dorman to steer home. Earlier in his loan spell he won us a second half penalty against Morecambe which ultimately proved decisive as we went on to win the game 2-1. His creativity, spark and desire to attack has been apparent and he has certainly influenced the side in a positive manner since arriving, something Mark McGhee will hope he can continue for the next couple of months.
I for one am delighted he's staying with us for another 8 weeks. In that time I'm sure he'll continue to prove his quality and, hopefully, he'll score his first Gas goals. At this moment in time, I've seen enough to suggest signing him for next season, whether that's permanently or on a season's loan.
Elsewhere and in League Two tonight there were a couple of interesting results. League leaders Swindon Town overcame a stubborn Burton Albion to win 2-0 at the County Ground, Ronan Murray and Paul Benson scoring the goals. But in the most exhilarating game of the evening, Gillingham came back from 2-0 and 4-2 down to win 5-4 against a struggling Hereford United at Priestfield. Byron Anthony was part of the Hereford line-up, whilst former Gas team-mate Jo Kuffour featured for the Gills in this barnstorming game. Neither player was involved in the scoring but certainly played their part in the League Two game of the month! Hopefully we can score as many goals against a Macclesfield Town side who drew 1-1 with Plymouth Argyle this evening!
Up the Gas!