League One side Rotherham United have announced that defender Emmanuel Onarise has joined Cheltenham Town on loan for the rest of this season.

The announcement, via the club’s official website, brings a temporary halt to Onarise’s career at the Millers and sees the 21-year-old return to Cheltenham Town where he had a similar half-season loan from Brentford last season.

The former West Ham youngster, who left the Hammers and signed for Brentford at the end of January 2016, has only featured in two Checkatrade Trophy games for the South Yorkshire club. A move away on loan will at least give the young centre-back an opportunity for game time at Cheltenham.

Rotherham landed Onarise on Deadline Day on August 31 last year, beating the 11p.m. deadline to land their man. On signing the young defender said, “It is great to be back [he’d trained with Rotherham for a week] and I am really pleased that everything is sorted.”

I am now really looking forward to the challenge and I can’t wait to get started. It is a massive opportunity and it is up to me to take it with both hands. Speaking to manager has been very positive and I am really looking forward to it.

Onarise joins Cheltenham with the Robins sitting in 17th place in the League Two table, 11 points from the last of the relegation places currently held by Barnet. The last time he was at Whaddon Road on loan from Brentford, he helped Cheltenham preserve their league status.

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