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28 January 2013

Midfielder will stay with the club until April 2nd

John-Joe O’Toole has extended his loan spell with the club until April 2nd.

Rovers have extended the spell for the maximum allowed for an emergency loan. This means the midfielder will miss the last four games of the 2012/13 season.

John-Joe joined Bristol Rovers on New Years Eve, going straight into the side to help Rovers beat Plymouth the following day.

His style of play made him an instant hit with the fans, and he went on to score his first goal for Rovers at Fleetwood.

Manager John Ward said: “It is great news that John-Joe is here to stay, it is what everyone at the club wanted and the other players are all very happy.

“There is a 24-hour recall clause, but that was something that Colchester United wanted, and I fully understand that.

“But if everything goes well we have him for the next 15 games and he will only miss the last four.

“He brings a strength and a character to the club and he wears his heart on his sleeve. He is a ball winner and always gives everything.

“He is what we need at this club, he cares about the team and that is why he has endeared himself to the fans.”

O’Toole began his career at Watford, making his debut in August 2007. While at Watford he had loan spells at Wealdstone, Sheffield United and Colchester United, before making the move to Colchester permanent in January 2010.

He signed a new two contract with the U’s in the summer of 2012.

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