Edwards joins – and more could follow

Paul Lambert made his first move in the emergency loan market on Monday – and hasn't ruled out more activity to strengthen his squad.

Central defender Rob Edwards, 28, signed on the dotted line, on a loan from Premier League new boys Blackpool until May 24, and is likely to go straight into the squad for tonight's home game against Doncaster Rovers.

Lambert's hand was forced by the hamstring injury to Leon Barnett, who was due to see a specialist yesterday with an appointment with a surgeon later today the most likely outcome.

'With the injury to Leon severe we've brought in Rob to the squad,' said Lambert. 'He's got experience and has seen it and done it with Blackpool last year and he'll be a big asset in the 14 games remaining this season.'

Edwards said: 'I'm delighted and hopefully I'll get cracking as soon as I can and be back involved and hopefully get some first-team action and help the boys in any way I can.

'Every footballer wants to play at the end of the day and the manager has brought me in after a few injuries to the squad. There's already two centre-halves Zak (Whitbread) and Elliott (Ward) who did really well at the weekend and hopefully I can push them and if I get my chance I can give it a real go.

'I want to help wherever I can. There's some young lads here and some really experienced ones as well. If there's anything I can do to help then great.'

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Edwards, who moved to Blackpool from Wolves in August 2008 after starting his career at Aston Villa, has made just four appearances this season – including two in the Premier League.

'I knew when I signed at the start of the season that it was going to be hard,' he said. 'The lads did so well last season and I knew to break in was going to be tough, but I thought I would give it one more go.

'It's not worked yet, but this move has come off the back of the success the lads have had. Hopefully I can make some good of it.

'I don't think it (the Championship) has changed. You look at it and it's anyone's. The only difference last year was that you knew who was going to go up automatically.

'This year everyone is getting a bit closer again. QPR aren't as far away as everyone thought and that second spot at the moment could be anyone's.'

Lambert has also lost striker Chris Martin for several weeks with a hamstring injury, while Simon Lappin had an appendicectomy on Saturday night, having been taken ill on the eve of the clash at Leeds. That double blow means Lambert is likely to add to his numbers, although he laughed off rumours linking him to Sheffield United's Ched Evans.

'I have made numerous calls on other people, spoken to a lot of managers, but the difficulty you have got is not many people are going to let their better ones out,' he said.

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