OWEN Dodgson could return for a second loan spell at Barnsley this season after being recalled by Burnley on Monday, says head coach Neill Collins.
The 20-year-old has been third choice left-back recently behind Nicky Cadden and Callum Styles, with the latter’s future uncertain going into the January transfer window.
Collins told the Chronicle: “I would have been more than happy to keep Owen. He’s done really well.
“Burnley maybe wanted him to play more, that could or couldn’t happen.
“We have a lot of competition.
“It’s a possibility he could come back.
“Unfortunately, with the Burnley loans manager Charlie Adam taking the Fleetwood job, it has been difficult.”
Dodgson joined the Reds on the final day of the summer transfer window on loan from Premier League Burnley for the season.
The former Manchester United youngster played regularly in September then did not start for almost three months in the league, often missing out on the matchday squad.
He came back into the 11 for the 1-1 draw with Charlton Athletic last month but was then out of the 18 for the next two matches before being brought in out of position in the back three for Friday’s draw at Peterborough.
He was not involved in Monday’s draw with Wigan.
In total he has made four league starts and six substitute appearances, after scoring on his debut against Grimsby in the EFL Trophy.
Speaking after the Peterborough game, Dodgson said: “I am loving it here and I get on with everyone.
“I am learning a lot.
“For myself and for Burnley, we want me to play football.
“They have said that.
“The most important thing is to not let it get to me or let my head get down.
“It’s part and parcel of football.
“You have to take disappointments.
“It’s part of learning.
“I experienced it when I was younger and know mentally how to be.
“I have learned a lot off Cads and Stylesy.”