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Another defender signed

Posted on: Fri 14 Jan 2011

United have made a second loan signing to bolster the defence with the arrival of Aston Villa's Shane Lowry for the rest of the season.

The 21 year old Australian born central defender joined the Premiership outfit in 2007 and has still to make a senior first-team league appearance, but he has played 24 times on loan at Plymouth and Leeds.

With both Chris Morgan and Nyron Nosworthy out injured Micky Adams has limited specialist resources to call on but he insists that Lowry can do the job:

"He is young, enthusiastic, fits the profile we are looking for and I have watched him recently in Villa's reserves.

"He had a good loan spell at Leeds United last season so coming to a club like ours won't faze him."

Lowry follows West Brom's Joe Mattock into the club on the same day as Adams makes his first moves to freshen up his side and both are available for the visit to Coventry City on Saturday.

Like Mattock, Lowry has no recall clause in his loan deal so the Blades boss can work with the pair for the rest of the campaign without fear of them returning to their parent clubs.

Although he represented the Republic of Ireland at U17 and U21 level through his Irish parentage, Lowry has since decided instead to make himself available for Australia and has been selected in the full senior International squad.

He will join up with the Blades squad for the first time on Friday.

Picture courtesy of Aston Villa.

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