Bristol Rovers have confirmed that Elliot Anderson has joined them on loan for the rest of the season. The League Two club are managed by former Magpie Joey Barton.
? We are delighted to announce the signing of Elliot Anderson on loan from @NUFC for the remainder of the season!
? Welcome to the Gas, Elliot!#BristolRovers
— Bristol Rovers (@Official_BRFC) January 31, 2022
Anderson was denied a loan move last January but will now go out for some first-team football. The local lad made his Newcastle United and Premier League debuts early last year.
He struggled with a hip injury during the preseason missing the opening months of this campaign. While he has made the matchday squad on a few occasions, the 19-year-old has yet to get another appearance with his hometown club.
Bristol Rovers currently sit 12th in League Two but are on a 6-match unbeaten run stretching back to early December. Anderson will be mentored by Barton, who spent four seasons at St. James’ Park. The 39-year-old was appointed manager at The Memorial Stadium in February of last year.
Anderson joins Matt Bondswell, who moved to League One’s Shrewsbury on loan earlier today. Joe White moved to League Two’s Hartlepool a few days ago. There are some reports that Matty Longstaff will head to Mansfield, where Kelland Watts spent some time on loan a few years ago.