Goalkeeper Mark Howard has returned to Blackpool after his brief loan spell at Salford City.

The 33-year-old has spent the past two weeks at Moor Lane but is now back with the Tangerines, as per a report by the Blackpool Gazette.

A goalkeeping injury crisis meant the experienced stopper joined Salford on an initial 7-day loan deal, which was extended by a further week. He played three times for Graham Alexander’s side.

Howard, who has racked up over 200 appearances in his career, re-joined Blackpool on a free transfer in July 2018 and penned a two-year contract. He played 32 games for them last season in League One.

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The London-born keeper started his career at Arsenal and rose up through their youth ranks. He never made a senior appearance for the Gunners and left to join Cardiff City on a permanent deal after a loan spell at Falkirk.

Howard never played for the Bluebirds either and was loaned out to rivals Swansea City before moving back to Scotland for spells at St Mirren and Aberdeen.

He moved back down the border in 2011 for his first spell at Blackpool but stayed for just a season at Bloomfield Road as he moved on to Sheffield United in 2012.

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Howard spent four years with the Blades in League One and later switched to Bolton. He will now be looking to force his way back into the Blackpool team after getting some game time at Salford these past weeks.


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