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Confirmed: Sheffield Wednesday player departs for promotion hopefuls

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Sheffield Wednesday have moved to their official website to confirm the departure of Matt Penney, with the youngster heading to Mansfield Town on-loan until the end of the season.  

Penney has risen through the ranks at Hillsborough and is contracted with the Owls for a further 18 months.

However, with opportunities in Jos Luhukay’s first-team looking limited, the 19-year-old is set to make his second loan switch away from South Yorkshire, linking up with Steve Evans’ Mansfield side, who are chasing promotion in Sky Bet League Two.

Penney, who operates as an attacking midfielder, previously had a spell with Bradford City in League One, but struggled for regular opportunities at Valley Parade before his return to Hillsborough.

The 19-year-old will hope for a regular opportunity with his new employers, and will hold hopes of securing promotion to League One with the Stags, who are on a fine run of form under Evans.

Evans’ side have won four of their last five, and currently sit fifth in the League Two table, just a single point adrift of the automatic promotion places.

The Verdict

Penney’s next step has to be gaining regular first-team football, and after a difficult spell in League One, League Two seems like the sensible option for the 19-year-old.

Playing in a side challenging for promotion is good for Penney, as playing a winning brand of football should make it easier for the teenager to settle away from Hillsborough.

Evans is an experienced manager, who should be able to aid Penney’s development.

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