Accrington Stanley’s Harvey Rodgers was preferred to Callum Johnson at right-back on Saturday – with boss John Coleman believing him to be reaping the benefits of a loan spell at Hartlepool, the Lancashire Telegraph say.

The 22-year-old spent a month with the National League club, after signing on loan in December, but has established himself in the Stanley side of late.

Rodgers has started five consecutive matches, including Saturday’s defeat to Fleetwood Town on Saturday where he was moved to his favoured right back role after a spell on the left.

That saw regular right-back Johnson on the bench, with Coleman happy with the contribution of Rodgers since returning from his loan spell.

“He’s done well,” the Reds boss said.

“It was difficult for him last year when he came back because Callum was doing ever so well at right-back.

“I know he can play centre-half as well, and has done for us recently, but the spell he had out, not playing, affected him and him and his confidence badly.

“I think going out on loan has really helped him.”

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