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Luke Daniels
Nationality: Eng
Rovers apps (gls)1: 9 (0)
Date of birth: 5 January 1988
Place of birth: Bolton
Height: 6 ft 4 in
Position: Goalkeeper
Date joined: 19 July 2010 & 5 January 2011
Joined from: West Bromwich Albion
Date left: 2 August 2010 & May 2011
1 League appearances and goals only.

Goalkeeper Luke Daniels came to Rovers on loan from West Bromwich Albion with the intention of staying for the whole of the 2010–11 season. He was signed as the number one 'keeper at the club, as the only other goalie on the books was Mike Green, who had no previous Football League experience. He replaced Mikkel Andersen, who had spent the previous season on loan with The Pirates, and who had cemented himself as a fans' favourite.

The move turned sour for Daniels however when he aggravated an old back injury in the warm-up before facing his parent club in a pre-season friendly, leaving him unable to play for several months and leading to his loan deal being cancelled before the start of the season. He played just one game for Rovers during this spell; a friendly at Partick Thistle.

Andersen was brought back to the club following the cancellation of Luke's loan, but Daniels was to return in January after Andersen's second loan spell expired. He had a run of 9 games in The Pirates' side, but with seven defeats in those nine games and 26 goals conceded Daniels found himself replaced by another loanee when Conrad Logan was brought in to tighten things up at the back. Due to league rules limiting the number of loaned players allowed in the match day squad, Luke found himself out of action for the last three months of the season, not even being given a spot on the bench. He returned to his parent club in the summer of 2011.

Career[]

Luke started out in the prolific Manchester United youth system, before moving to West Bromwich Albion in 2004 at the age of 16. Although he has yet to make a first team appearance for his parent club, he played on loan at Motherwell, where he made two Scottish Premier League appearances against Celtic and Hibernian, before spending the 2008–09 season on loan at Shrewsbury Town and 2009–10 with Tranmere Rovers.

After suffering his back injury in the 2010 pre-season with Bristol Rovers, he recovered in time to be sent out on loan twice more before the end of the year – firstly to Charlton Athletic, where he failed to make any first team appearances, and then in an emergency loan to Rochdale who had lost two other goalkeepers to injury. He then returned to Rovers for his second spell, before being loaned out again, this time to Southend United on October 2011.

Career stats[]

Season Club League
Apps Goals
2003–04 Manchester United 0 0
2004–05 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2005–06 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2006–07 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2007–08 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2007–08 Motherwell (loan) 2 0
2008–09 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2008–09 Shrewsbury Town (loan) 38 0
2009–10 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2009–10 Tranmere Rovers (loan) 37 0
2010–11 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2010–11 Charlton Athletic (loan) 0 0
2010–11 Rochdale (loan) 1 0
2010–11 Bristol Rovers (loan) 9 0
2011–12 West Bromwich Albion 0 0
2011–12 Southend United (loan) 9 0
2012–13 West Bromwich Albion 0 0

Record against Rovers[]

Luke has played against Bristol Rovers three times, twice during the 2009–10 season while he was on loan at Tranmere Rovers, and once for Southend United during the 2011–12 season. He was not on the losing side in any of those games, enjoying a 2–0 victory at Prenton Park and twice drawing.

Date Club Venue Result Notes
19 December 2009 Tranmere Rovers Prenton Park 2–0 to Tranmere
13 March 2010 Tranmere Rovers Memorial Stadium 0–0
26 November 2011 Southend United Roots Hall 1–1
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