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21 January 2021

"We know they’re going to bring qualities to us and we look forward to seeing them play"

Stuart Taylor hopes that Town's two new signings will add further creativity and goals to Blues' attack.

On Tuesday, wide midfielder Luke Thomas put pen to paper on a loan deal from Barnsley until the end of the 2020/21 season.

A day later, attacking midfielder Josh Harrop became Paul Lambert's second January signing on loan from Preston North End - subject to EFL approval.

Stuart revealed that 21-year-old Luke, who has played 22 times for his parent club this term, is a player that the Club have been watching for a little while.

"The manager has been targeting him since before Christmas," he told the Club website.

"We’re glad to get it across the line.

"He’s an exciting young player that will cause opposition defenders problems. He’s attack-minded, he’s creative and he’s got plenty of pace. He’s very direct in his play so we’re looking forward to him bringing those qualities to the club and hopefully he’ll chip in with a few goals as well.

"He’s also got that tenacious side. He has a huge amount of enthusiasm, a hunger and a desire to go and win games. Hopefully he’ll be creating chances for others and scoring some goals."

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Josh, 25, predominantly plays in the central attacking midfield or 'number 10' role but also adds cover for wide positions.

Town's assistant manager believes that the former Manchester United youngster can provide the side with similar qualities.

"Josh, again, is a very creative, very direct midfield and wide player. He can play a couple of positions.  He can play as a '10', a central midfielder or as a wide player.

"He comes from a good background and with good pedigree. He’s a very good professional. He’s got loads of qualities.

"It’s given us that positivity and impetus going forward in the final third. Hopefully they’ll find their feet straight away with creating chances and scoring goals, and playing how we know they’re capable of playing. We know they’re going to bring qualities to us and we look forward to seeing them play."

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