Stoke midfielder Matthew Lund open to Bristol Rovers return
Departing midfielder Matthew Lund says he would be open to a return to Bristol Rovers for what would be a third loan spell.
Lund, 22, is scheduled to return to training with parent club Stoke City tomorrow after signing off with a goal in the 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle on Tuesday in what was his last game of a six-month loan spell at the Memorial Stadium.
Rovers boss John Ward is keen to do a deal to bring Lund back until the end of the season and the Northern Ireland Under-21 international is not ruling out the possibility of a return before the end of the month.
He said: "I've spoken to John Ward about the future, but I have to go back and speak to the staff at Stoke before any decisions are made.
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"I'd love to come back again. I've had a fantastic time here and Bristol Rovers has been great for me in terms of developing my career.
"Playing reserve team football is nothing in comparison to getting regular competitive football under your belt. It has been tough at times because of how the season has panned out, but that is all part and parcel of football.
"It has been a great experience and I will only take good memories away from here if I don't come back."
Lund, meanwhile, scored the second goal in Tuesday's 2-1 win to end second-from-bottom Rovers' two-month wait for a victory.
It moved Ward's side to within a point of safety ahead of Saturday's clash with league leaders Gillingham at the Memorial Stadium and Lund, who has made 33 appearances and scored four times for Rovers over two loan spells, said: "The game on Tuesday was one of the best days I've had since I've been here. The fans, the lads and the staff were really up for it and I think we showed that on the pitch throughout a very good first-half.
"I think that might have been the best 45 minutes we've played this season. We came out a bit sloppy at the start of the second-half and were punished for that when Plymouth pulled a goal back, but overall I thought the performance was a fantastic.
"I was happy to get on the scoresheet again because it has been a long time coming. I caught the ball sweetly from Fabian's corner and was delighted to see it go in. It was a great way for me to sign off at the end of my loan spell.
He added: "I don't see why the situation we are in at the moment can't improve over the coming weeks and months. The manager has brought a couple of new players in and I feel that the lads can only go from strength to strength from here."