Sheffield United have allowed Jamal Campbell-Ryce to return to Notts County on loan until the end of the season.
The winger has dropped down the pecking order at Bramall Lane since Nigel Clough made an raft of signings in the January transfer window and Magpies boss Shaun Derry has stepped in to give Campbell-Ryce the opportunity of regular football.
Clough praised the 31-year old, but felt it was a move that suited everyone, with United able to recall the player after 28 days if necessary.
“At the present time, it is a very good deal for all parties and that was an important factor,” he said.
“Jamal is a good professional and he has contributed heavily towards our success at times this season, but with the squad now looking stronger than it has at any other point during the campaign, starting opportunities have become more limited.
“So it is fantastic that this opportunity will allow him to play for a team he knows well at a vital stage in the season, he will help Shaun Derry’s side finish the season well, but if we need him at any stage after the initial 28 days then we can recall him and he will be available for us.”
Campbell-Ryce scored seven goals for the Blades this season, including a superb double against QPR in the FA Cup.
He previously spent two seasons at Meadow Lane, scoring 11 goals and will strengthen a team that will take on United’s promotion rivals Bradford, Swindon and MK Dons in the next month.