Cheltenham have secured their second loan signing of the day with defender Jack Deaman moving on a youth loan deal from Birmingham.

The Robins, who also secured a loan extension for Michael Hector, will keep the 19-year-old centre back until the end of the season, including the play-offs if necessary.

Deaman, who joined the Blues in the summer of 2011 from Wrexham's academy, trained with his new team-mates on Thursday and is available to face Port Vale.

"I've known Jack for a couple of years and he is a good player and athlete," manager Mark Yates told the club's official website.

"We need to cover every eventuality and we are a little light in defence. Michael Hector is close to a suspension so Jack will give us some protection. He knows what to expect here and he is ready to try and prove himself."

Hector has featured in every single match since joining the club and there is a 24-hour recall in the youth loan should the Barclays Premier League side decide they need the defender.

"Michael has been superb for us and I'd like to thank Reading for allowing us to keep him," said Yates.

"He is a good young defender and he has done really well since being here. He's a young player but he has a big future and it was important that we were able to keep hold of him until the end of the season."

Hector would also be available for the npower League Two play-offs should the Robins reach them.