AFC Fylde boss Dave Challinor is ‘hopeful’ of extending the loan deal of young defender George Edmundson.

Edmundson’s loan deal from Oldham Athletic expired after the 5-2 victory over Tranmere Rovers on New Year’s Day, however Challinor is keen to hold on to one of his stars of the season.

Challinor said: “We are still waiting on news about George, but we are very hopeful of keeping hold of him.

“Whether it gets done before the weekend, we will have to just wait and see. We are still in the hands of Oldham at the moment.

“Fingers crossed it will get done in time because he is a very important player to us.”