Joey Barton wants Billy Crellin to use the experience he will gain in his loan spell at Chorley to fight for a spot in the Fleetwood Town first team on his return.

Crellin made his Chorley debut in a 4-1 defeat at Maidenhead on Saturday and Barton says the learning curve will be vital for his development.

And when the homegrown keeper returns to Highbury, Barton wants him to push number one Alex Cairns and experienced deputy Matt Gilks for a place in his League One side.

Asked how important Crellin’s loan would be for the teenager, Barton answered: “Hugely important.

“Billy has done well in and around the first team. We thought he just needs that little bit of experience, playing on a Saturday with three points on the line.

“Chorley have gone up a division themselves and it is a great experience for them.”

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