Wigan Athletic boss explains surprise loan departure

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Kolo Toure says he reluctantly sent Rarmani Edmonds-Green back to Huddersfield Town because he couldn't guarantee him enough first-team football at Wigan Athletic.

The centre-back was a deadline day arrival at the DW last summer, but has spent most of his time on the bench with Jack Whatmough, Curtis Tilt and Jason Kerr ahead of him.

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Ironically, he started Saturday's FA Cup third-round draw at Luton - which means he is now cup-tied on his return to West Yorkshire.

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Rarmani Edmonds-Green during his last appearance for Latics at Luton on SaturdayRarmani Edmonds-Green during his last appearance for Latics at Luton on Saturday
Rarmani Edmonds-Green during his last appearance for Latics at Luton on Saturday

"His game-time here wasn't 100 per cent sure, and it was the best decision for both parties," said the Latics boss, who had repeatedly spoken up Edmonds-Green since arriving at the club late last year.

"I believe REG is a great guy who has great qualities, but he needs to have some game-time to keep pushing himself.

"He's been a really positive figure since I've been here, but when the time came, both parties agreed it was right."

Huddersfield team-mates Scott High (Rotherham) and Josh Koroma (Portsmouth) have also returned to the club after their own loans were cut short.

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Head of Football Operations Leigh Bromby said: “When the decision was made to allow Scott, Rarmani and Josh out on loan in the summer it was in the best interests of their individual development and a reflection of our squad and coaching dynamics at that stage, as it was envisioned that they would get more from their loan club than with us at that moment in time.

“As we’re only too aware, things evolve at a rapid pace in football and, much like ourselves, all three of those sides have experienced a significant amount of change since those deals were first agreed.

"As a result, we have made the decision for Scott to rejoin us from Rotherham, exercising our right to recall him, with Wigan and Portsmouth respectively exercising theirs to send Rarmani and Josh back to us in this window.

“All three players will remain with us for the remainder of the season."

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Edmonds-Green actually made four Town appearances at the start of the season before joining Latics, meaning he can not play for a third club this term.

He played five times for Latics, starting twice in the league, with a further two appearances from the bench, as well as the FA Cup tie.