Imps secure Max Melbourne on loan from West Brom

City have bagged their second deal of the day by adding left-back Max Melbourne to the squad on loan until January.

Melbourne joins us from Championship side West Brom, although he’s yet to make a first-team appearance for the Baggies. He has had two loans spells in recent years, both north of the border.

In 2017/18 he spent a short while on loan with Raith Rovers in the SPFL, before playing five times for Raith Rovers in the Scottish Championship last season, where he also bagged a goal. Previous to those loan spells he captained the Under 18 side and has been with the Baggies since the age of eight.

He was rated as a bright spark of the West Brom Under 23 setup by the Birmingham Mail back in 2017, described as able to play in both full-back positions as well as being ‘towering’, which suggest the ability to also play through the centre.

He hasn’t had that opportunity though, playing almost exclusively at left-back or left wing-back during his handful of senior appearances. With Ben Coker thought to be a minimum of six weeks away from fitness, there’s certainly an element of cover about this deal.

It will also allow Danny to give both Toff and Eards a rest at the same time, with Melbourne likely to start on one side of defence against Doncaster tomorrow.

He’s already expelled the virtues of senior football, telling the Express and Star how much he enjoyed his Raith Rovers spell shortly after signing a two-year deal with the Baggies last July.

“It was a great experience for me,” said Melbourne. “Being exposed to men’s football and being quite far from home really put me out of my comfort zone. It’s only made me a better player and a better person.

“Scotland’s a different ball-game but men’s football itself toughened me up. Those levels of intensity, that’s where I need to be. This season I want to play games.

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