Yesterday was the last chance for Football League clubs to complete any loan signings to help them for the end of season run-in. That led to 37 deals being completed across the three leagues. Clubs at both ends of the table tried to bring in a few more bodies to help strengthen their promotion or relegation battles, whilst clubs in mid-table also brought players in with the possibility of retaining them for the next season.
Here are the five of the best loan deals completed yesterday:
Gary Madine - From Sheffield Wednesday to Carlisle
Graham Kavanagh moved to bring former Carlisle player Gary Madine back to Brunton Park. Carlisle were Madine's first club before he moved to The Owls. However he recently served a term in prison after assaulting two football fans. Kavanagh kept in touch with him whilst he was in prison and he can now get back to playing football again. He could take him a couple of games to get his sharpness back, but he can certainly find the net in League One and could be vital to Carlisle staying up.
John Lundstram - From Everton to Leyton Orient
Leyton Orient managed to bring in Everton midfielder John Lundstram as they look to gain promotion from League One. Lundstram had impressed for Yeovil in the Championship this season so The O's have done well to convince him to drop down another level. He has experience of gaining promotion from League One having been on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season. He already has a good deal of experience for a 20-year-old and is a good addition for Orient.
Danny Hollands - From Charlton Athletic to Portsmouth
Pompey need all the experience and help possible at the moment as they find themselves staring at relegation to the Conference whilst they have just sacked Richie Barker. The signing of Danny Hollands could be vital to Portsmouth's hopes. The 28-year-old used to be on the books at Chelsea and his first loan spell was with Torquay, a club he helped stave off relegation to the Conference. He amassed over 200 games for Bournemouth and earlier this season had a spell on loan at League One side Gillingham.
Tom Thorpe - From Manchester United to Birmingham City
Tom Thorpe has joined Birmingham City once again; he first joined The Blues on deadline day in January but his debut lasted just 14 minutes as he picked up an ankle injury. The highly-rated defender now returns and Lee Clark will be delighted to have the Manchester United Under-21's captain back with the club. He links up with fellow United players Tyler Blackett and Federico Macheda.
Lee Peltier - From Leeds United to Nottingham Forest
Despite not having a manager Forest finally managed to complete the loan signing of Lee Peltier from fellow Championship side Leeds United. The versatile player could be vital as Forest try and cement a place in the top-six. Peltier has previously captained Leeds but with their season petering out they have allowed him to join Nottingham Forest whilst presumably receiving a fee for his services.