The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

KWAME Thomas has re­turned to Derby County from his spell at Black­pool on a busy loan dead­line day that saw the Tan­ger­ines bring in El­liot Lee.

The West Ham striker is highly rated by the coaches at Up­ton Park, and was one of a num­ber of play­ers Black­pool coach Neil McDon­ald en­quired about af­ter Thomas was re­called by Derby.

But McDon­ald ad­mit­ted it was a day of mixed emo­tions af­ter Thomas’ de­par­ture.

“We’re dis­ap­pointed to lose Kwame,” he said. “He has de­vel­oped as a player with us and played first-team foot­ball on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

“We thank him for his con­tri­bu­tion and wish him the very best for the fu­ture.”

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