Filed: Wednesday, 8th February 2012
By: Staff Writer
Cristian Montano has returned to Notts County on loan - his FOURTH loan spell of the current campaign.
The 20-year-old Columbian forward was hotly tipped to break through to West Ham's first team during the current campaign but has instead spent the season on loan with Notts County (August to October), Swindon Town (October to November) and Dagenham & Redbridge (November to February).
However Montano was on the move again today after it was confirmed that he would be returning to League One club County for an indefinite period of time.
Magpies boss Martin 'Mad Dog' Allen, who played for West Ham between 1989 and 1995 told the club's website: "I am delighted that Cristiano has rejoined us. It's good for the supporters, good for the team and a real boost for everyone involved with Notts County Football Club."
Montano's original spell at Meadow Lane saw him net four goals in 12 appearances at the beginning of the current campaign. However he was recalled to Upton Park in October to cover for injuries.
Having failed to make his first team debut, the youngster soon moved west to join another former Hammer, Paolo Di Canio, at League Two Swindon Town - although he was to make just four appearances at the County Ground after falling out with the Italian who questioned his commitment levels.
After making a couple of appearances for Ian Hendon's development squad, Montano was picked up by the Daggers for whom he made 10 appearances, scoring three times in the process.
Despite agreeing to extend his loan at Victoria Park in mid-January, the surprise news of his return to Notts County - for an indefinite period - was announced earlier today.
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