Three City players have today agreed loan deals in a bid to gain some regular first team football.

Will Atkinson, who has recently spent time on loan with Rotherham United, is set to join League One side Rochdale on loan for the rest of the season. The midfielder has past experience of playing for the Spotland club having appeared 15 times for them during a loan spell in 2009/10.

Meanwhile, Mark Cullen will make the temporary move to League Two side Bradford City. Managed by former Tigers boss Peter Taylor, the Bantams have secured Cullen's services on a one-month loan deal.

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Finally, defender Anthony Gardner has agreed to stay on loan at Crystal Palace for the rest of the season. The centre back has made nine appearances since joining the Eagles in August.