Aberdeen have recalled midfielder Connor Barron from a loan spell at Kelty Hearts – and promoted the 19-year-old to their first-team squad.
Dons boss Stephen Glass has made the call following a start to the season where the youth academy graduate made 14 appearances for League Two outfit Kelty, racking up a goal and two assists in the process.
The move to fill the midfield slot follows official club confirmation of loanee Matty Longstaff’s return to Newcastle United, something which Glass had already confirmed on Boxing Day.
Glass had said: “He’s gone back after the break was moved forward. They pulled him back. He’d been injured in the last two or three weeks to be fair.
“Matty’s gone back to Newcastle. They probably want to get him involved. There’s a new manager there who will want to take a look at him.
“We wish him all the best. He’s been brilliant around the place and I think he’s enjoyed his time here.”
Longstaff made just five Reds appearances in a disappointing spell.
🔴 We can this afternoon confirm youngster Connor Barron has been recalled from his loan spell @KeltyHeartsFC to be part of the Aberdeen first team squad when the season resumes after the winter break. pic.twitter.com/8cRFfSm1UA
— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) January 1, 2022
Meanwhile, 17-year-old left-sided defender Evan Towler has been sent on loan to League Two Elgin City for the remainder of the season and could feature against Forfar Athletic at Borough Briggs this afternoon.
The Dons under-18s skipper recently penned a deal tying him to Pittodrie until at least 2024.
A club statement said: “Already a decade-long veteran with the Dons, this loan spell will provide Evan with some competitive football as he focuses on what is needed to take the next step to hopefully becoming a first-team player at Pittodrie.”
We are delighted to announce the loan signing of Evan Towler from @AberdeenFC
The young defender will join us until the end of Season.
He will be available for selection tomorrow.
Welcome to the Club Evan 🤍⚽ pic.twitter.com/kpUwBcZctT
— Elgin City F.C. (@ElginCityFC) January 1, 2022