Birmingham Citymidfielder Callum Reilly has joined League Two leaders Burton Albion on loan until the end of the season, the Brewers have confirmed.
Joining the Blues academy at the age of seven, Reilly has gone on to make 66 appearances for Birmingham, scoring two goals.
Despite being born in England, he is eligible to play for Ireland and has represented the U21 side eight times since 2013.
Mainly playing as a central midfielder, Reilly can also be deployed as a full-back.
He has featured 18 times for the Blues this season, scoring one goal.
The Irish wonderkid is tipped for big things, but first he must break into the Birmingham first team and a successful loan spell at Burton may do just that.
Some have suggested that Reilly has been brought in to replace midfielder Darragh Lenihan who recently finished his loan spell with the Brewers and linked back up with parent club Blackburn Rovers.
However, speaking to www.burtonalbionfc.co.uk, Burton assistant manager David Oldfield has disputed those claims:
“He is definitely not a replacement for Darragh (Lenihan),”
“Darragh did a fabulous job and was tremendous for us before he was recalled back by his parent club. Callum will certainly come in on his own right and will set his own qualities on the group.”
Lenihan made 17 appearances for the Brewers, scoring one goal.
Reilly is Hasselbaink’s latest signing after Mickael Antoine-Curier joined the Brewers on a free transfer on the 18th February.
The former Chelsea striker was appointed Burton boss in Novemeber 2014, and is looking to guide the Brewers into League One at his first attempt.
Callum Reilly will wear the number 35 shirt for the Brewers.
There is also a recall option on the loan, should Reilly need to be brought back to the Blues squad early.