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McDonald joins Rovers on loan

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald has joined Bristol Rovers on loan until the end of the season.

McDonald, who has played 26 times in all competitions for the League Two leaders this season, is out of contract in the summer.

Vale have inserted a recall clause in the deal enabling them to bring the 24-year-old back to Vale Park after the first 28 days of the loan.

McDonald began his career as a trainee at Manchester City and had a loan spell at Macclesfield before joining Walsall.

He left the Saddlers in June 2011 to join Vale on a free transfer, and has since made 59 appearances for the Burslem club.