ROB Edwards is delighted to have joined Fleetwood Town on loan ... even though it’s likely to upset his family.
The former Blackpool skipper joined the Cod Army on a month’s loan yesterday from Championship side Barnsley.
Injury has forced the 29-year-old to miss the whole of the season so far, but he’s now fully fit and can’t wait for the challenge at Highbury.
The centre-half said: “I’m really pleased to be here.
“It has been a frustrating season so far for me, but I’m fit now and this move has come about at a great time for me to get playing football again.
“If I could have picked a club to come on loan to, it would have been this one.
“The club is on the up, they are doing well in the league and I know a few of the boys. Everything about it just fits.”
Edwards is a popular figure on the Fylde coast after his time at Bloomfield Road.
During his three years as a Seasider, he was part of the side which famously won promotion to the Premier League in 2010.
He’s been making the two-hour commute from his Lytham home to Barnsley every day, a journey which will now be cut to two minutes.
“I live just down the road from Fleetwood’s training ground (at Fylde RFC in Ansdell), so it’s perfect for me.
“It should do my body some good too, I hope.”
The move seems to fit everyone, except maybe his auntie.
Anticipating he would have no football commitments on this international weekend, Edwards had promised to attend an aunt’s 60th birthday party.
He joked: “That looks doubtful now and I’m going to have to break the news to her.”
Instead Edwards, who joined Blackpool from Wolves in 2008, looks set to make his Town debut at home to Wycombe on Saturday after injury to captain Steve McNulty left Fleetwood bare at the heart of their defence.
After Ashley Eastham’s loan stint from Blackpool ended, manager Micky Mellon was left with only one fit central defender in Youl Mawene.
Edwards, capped 15 times by Wales, added: “The club’s on the up and the chairman is geared to take this club as far as he can.
“When you look around the club, it’s not what you’d associate with League Two at all.
“We have six games in the month that I’ve signed for now, so it will be great.”