Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Connor Kirby has joined Macclesfield Town on a season-long loan.
The 20-year-old has made four senior appearances for Wednesday, with three of those coming in the 2018/19 campaign.
The tough-tackling midfielder has regularly impressed for the club’s under-18s and under-23s but now heads out on loan in search of some first-team experience.
A product of the Owls academy, Kirby joined the club at the age of 13 and signed his first professional contract in 2015.
He progressed through the club’s under-18 and under-23 sides before making his first-team debut in 2018, coming off the bench in a 3-0 win against Reading.
Kirby extended his contract until the summer of 2020 last year, which makes his future with the Owls unclear.
Macclesfield narrowly survived relegation from the Football League last season, finishing just one place and three points above the drop zone.
The 20-year-old joins the Silkmen ahead of their first home game of the season against newly-promoted Leyton Orient on Saturday.
Kirby has struggled to make an impact with the Wednesday first-team and a move away from the club to get some first-team football seems like it could be brilliant for his development.
His contract situation is a curious one and the Owls may be waiting to see how he fares in League Two before addressing whether he has a future at the club.
This could be a smart signing for Macclesfield, it is a low-risk high-reward move and the Silkmen need all the help they can get after they were so close to relegation last season.