Sheffield Wednesday: Clarke happy as high-flying Rovers re-sign Lines

Chris Lines
Chris Lines

Bristol Rovers boss Darrell Clarke is backing Owls old boy Chris Lines to bolster their promotion bid after capturing the Port Vale midfielder on loan for the remainder of the season.

Lines, who spent two years at Hillsborough, hitting three goals in 47 league appearances, has fallen down in the pecking order at Vale Park due to the form of Michael O’Connor and Michael Brown. He has played 31 times for the Valiants this season.

The 29-year-old came through the ranks at Rovers before moving to Wednesday in the summer of 2011. Lines featured regularly in the Owls side who pipped Sheffield United to automatic promotion nearly three years ago.

Bristol-born Lines joins a Rovers team who are currently top of the Vanarama Conference.

Clarke said: “I am very pleased that we have acquired the services of an experienced player of Chris’ calibre. He knows the club well and is keen to return to help us with our promotion push and I look forward to welcoming him back to the Memorial Stadium.”