Stanley goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli has extended his loan spell at the Store First Stadium until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old first joined the Reds from Fulham in August and has gone on to make 22 appearances.

“I’m delighted to be staying with the club,” he said. “I was a bit disappointed to have to go back to Fulham over the Christmas period which meant I missed a couple of games. Dawbs came in and did a great job and he deserved that because he works really hard.

“It’s great to know that I’m here until the end of the season. I’m really enjoying my time here and being part of a great group of lads with a fantastic work ethic and we want to get the club as high as we can up the table.

“For me personally as a goalkeeper I think I really need to do these sort of things because I’m learning my trade basically. It’s a tough league to play in, there are a lot of good teams in it and I think that we are one of those good teams and it’s an invaluable experience for me that I’m really thriving upon at the moment.”

Manager James Beattie believes securing Bettinelli’s signature is a big boost for everyone at the club.

“To have a goalkeeper of Marcus’s calibre is great for us,” he said. “We’re very thankful to Fulham for letting us keep him and I think that Marcus is really enjoying his time here.

“He seems to be enjoying being a part of the group and in any walk of life you enjoy being successful. That’s something that we are trying to build here.”