Accrington Stanley have completed the loan signing of defender Jimmy Dunne from Burnley.

The former Manchester United trainee has signed a deal until the end of the season.

The centre half was on loan at National League side Barrow, where he made 21 appearances scoring twice for Michael Moore’s side.

Defender Dunne appears to be a direct replacement for Farrend Rawson. The former Derby County defender had been on loan with Stanley but has since completed a permanent move to fellow SkyBet League Two side Forest Green Rovers.

Stanley boss John Coleman was delighted to bring the youngster into the squad ahead of the business end of the season. He told the club’s website:

“He has had half a season at Barrow and has done well.

“He did well at that level and now he is making the step up. It won’t be a shock to him.

”He fits the profile of our club and is the type of defender I want here.

“He is a solid defender, he is good in the air and we have been keeping an eye on him for a while.”

Dunne signed for Premier League side Burnley back in 2016 after leaving Manchester United as a scholar.

The defender spoke about his excitement to prove himself in the Football League after his successful time at Barrow:

“It’s definitely a step up for me.

“I’ve been on loan at Barrow and that was exactly what I needed for my development.

“I think that there is going to be more quality and more pace in this league, it’s going to be tough but I can’t wait to get started.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be given this opportunity to step up a league, test myself and continue to learn about the physical side of defending.

“The position in the table here is different to the one at Barrow, it’s a different kind of fight for me now, Accrington are trying to get up so I’m going to learn about a different situation.

“I’ll have to adjust as quickly because there’s no time, I need to get out there, get my head down, work hard and try to help the team as much as I can.”

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