Sherriff: I’ll be back at PNE

Pledge: Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
Pledge: Defender Shane Cansdell-Sherriff
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Shane Cansdell-Sherriff still sees his long-term future at Preston North End despite joining Rochdale on loan for the rest of the season.

The Australian defender made the temporary switch to Spotland yesterday in a bid to kick-start his campaign after being in and out of the North End side lately.

It is the second time in his career that he has played for Dale, having spent a month on loan with them in 2002 when a Leeds player.

Cansdell-Sherriff said: “The aim is to play regularly again, enjoy it and get some fitness under my belt.

“I’ve been a little bit up and down recently, not playing a lot because of a few niggly injuries which have come my way.

“The injuries have cleared up and it’s a case of getting some match fitness now, getting back up to the right level.

“I don’t see it as the end of me at Preston – I’ve got another season after this on my contract and I’ll be back in the summer.

“The loan works well for everyone really and going out to get some games was something I’d been thinking of for a while.

“I played my first ever league game for Rochdale in 2002 when I had a month there during my Leeds days.

“So it’s nice to go back there and I’m looking forward to playing some games and hopefully helping them get some points.

“Their manager Keith Hill isn’t someone I’ve worked with before but I’ve played against him and his teams many 

“I trained with Rochdale yesterday for the first time and they seemed a good bunch of lads. Going there means I miss out on Preston’s game with my former club Shrewsbury on Saturday.

“It would have been nice to see a few old faces but the main thing I’ve got to concentrate on is playing football.”

Cansdell-Sherriff was among the big influx of new arrivals last summer, joining on a Bosman after his Shrewsbury contract ended.

He has made 22 appearances in a North End shirt and was a regular starter alongside Paul Huntington at the back earlier in the campaign.

The 30-year-old’s last two games – the FA Cup tie at Millwall and Coventry in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – saw him substituted early in both because of a groin injury.

His temporary departure has freed up some space on the wage bill for a potential signing ahead of the 11pm transfer deadline tonight.

No further departures are envisaged from Deepdale, with Cansdell-Sherriff having joined David Amoo, Chris Holroyd, Keammar Daley and Steve Simonsen through the exit door this month.

It is believed that PNE are looking to bring in a creative midfielder today to complete their January shopping.

But if they do not land their target, they have the Football League’s loan window to fall back on.

That opens late next week with players able to join clubs on 93-day emergency loans.

The PNE squad resumed training today where they were joined for the first time by goalkeeper Declan Rudd, who joined on loan from Norwich City on Tuesday night.