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Young duo head out on loan to Barnoldswick Town and Bury AFC

17 December 2021

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Fleetwood Town can confirm that Covy Smith and Tom Hoyle have joined Barnoldswick Town and Bury AFC respectively on initial month-long loans.

Both players have been part of Simon Wiles’ Under-18s group over the last two seasons, with both featuring in this year’s FA Youth Cup run as they reached the third round, only to be knocked out by Premier League side, Liverpool away from home.

Smith – who was a key figure in last season’s FA Youth Cup run – heads to East Lancashire Premier Division side, Barnoldswick Town as he is set to earn some valuable first-team experience during his initial month there.

Central defender Hoyle has featured in our Under-18s' title-winning defence last season as they won the North West Youth Alliance, and will now be heading out to Bury AFC, who are currently top of the North West Counties First Division North table after 20 games.

Good luck whilst on loan, Covy and Tom!

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