Bristol Rovers send Cameron Hargreaves and Zain Walker out on loan to Chippenham Town

Fringe first-team player Zain Walker is going to spend time on loan at Chippenham Town. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)Fringe first-team player Zain Walker is going to spend time on loan at Chippenham Town. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images)
Fringe first-team player Zain Walker is going to spend time on loan at Chippenham Town. (Photo by Jacques Feeney/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Two players have been sent on loan to Chippenham Town whilst two others have also been loaned out

Bristol Rovers have sent academy duo Cameron Hargreaves and Zain Walker on loan to Chippenham Town, both on a months long loan deal.

The pair both played in Wednesday’s 5-3 defeat to Exeter City but will now play their football elsewhere for at least until the end of the year.

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Now they could be in line to make a quick debut for their new club when the Bluebirds face Billericay Town in the National League South.

In a small statement from the club, wishing their players well, Rovers said: “Everyone at the club wishes both Cameron and Zain the very best of luck during their time away from the Mem.”

Cameron Hargreaves, son of Chris, is following Zain Walker to Chippenham Town. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)Cameron Hargreaves, son of Chris, is following Zain Walker to Chippenham Town. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
Cameron Hargreaves, son of Chris, is following Zain Walker to Chippenham Town. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images) | Getty Images

Hargreaves had a breakthrough season last year, making 13 appearances, but has been limited to just one league outing this season.

The 22-year-old is out-of-contract at the end of the season and will hope performances for his new club will persuade Joey Barton and the board for a new deal.

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Walker meanwhile is undergoing his second loan spell of the year after previously playing for Kings Lynn. The 19-year-old featured four times for the National League outfit before being sent back.

He, like Hargreaves, was given a few outings last season in League One, firstly under Ben Garner before a select few appearances under Barton. This season the only time he’s played for Rovers was in the EFL Trophy.

As it stands, Chippenham are just below mid-table in the National League South and are managed by Mike Cook, a former midfielder of Coventry City and Cambridge United.

The two players aren’t the only players to have their short-term futures sorted this week with Lucas Tomlinson’s loan at Gloucester City extended.

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Tomlinson has made five appearances for Gloucester City, who are under the interim stewardship of Rovers legend Lee Mansell. The 20-year-old will remain in the National League North until early January.

At the start of the week Joe Budd - who signed his first professional contract in May - was allowed to leave on a temporary basis as he linked up with Taunton Town.

Budd first played for Hendon on loan but returned back to Bristol before being sent back out on loan in moves to aid his development.

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