Scott Wharton has joined League Two promotion chasers Bury on loan until the end of the season.
The Blackburn Rovers defender was recalled from a season-long loan at promotion rivals Lincoln City to allow him to join the Shakers.
Wharton opted to join Lincoln in the summer after signing a long term deal at Ewood Park. He had spent the end of last season at Sincil Bank as Lincoln made the playoffs but this season he has struggled to hold down a regular place, making sixteen appearances of which only five were starts. He has fallen further down Danny Cowley’s pecking order after the recent signing of Cian Bolger.
Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray will be hoping the move will lead to more first-team appearances for the talented youngster in a Bury side who currently sit second in the table, trailing Lincoln by six points having played a game more.
Bury boss Ryan Lowe told the club website “I’m happy to have signed Scott on loan until end of the season. Scott is someone we were interested in at the start of season, but he opted to go back to Lincoln on loan where he was the season before.”
“He is a good left-sided defender and gives us great depth in our squad down the left side, but most importantly he is a good lad who wants to be a part of what we’re trying to do!”
Wharton will not have to wait too long to catch up with his old teammates as the two sides go head to head at Gigg Lane on Saturday, a match which is being screened live by Sky.
Wharton is a talented young defender, whose held in high regard at Ewood Park, but he needs game time to further his development. Once Lincoln announced they had signed Jason Shackell in the summer, it was clear he was going to struggle for minutes on the pitch.
The move will benefit a Bury side who are electric going forward but prone to leak goals with the left side of defence being a weakness. Bury fans will be hoping he plugs this gap while Lincoln fans will wish him all the best for the rest of the season, except in Saturday’s crucial promotion clash.