Sheffield Wednesday are hoping to secure loan exits for Liam Waldock and Charles Hagan, according to Yorkshire Live journalist Dom Howson.
Local boy Waldock (20) has made one senior appearance for the Owls, in the Carabao Cup third round defeat at Fulham last September. Fellow 20-year-old Hagan, who has been used as a right winger and a centre forward, also made his debut in that game, earning an eight-minute runout from the substitutes’ bench.
They won’t be able to sign for Football League clubs, with the transfer deadline having passed, but moves to the National League are still allowed. Wednesday loaned out goalkeeper Cameron Dawson (to Exeter City) and midfielder Alex Hunt (to Grimsby Town) during the summer.
Howson’s report in Yorkshire Live stated that Wednesday are working to arrange moves for Waldock and Hagan because they believe playing regular first-team football will ‘speed up their development’, with their short-term prospects at Hillsborough are said to be limited.
The journalist added that Ciaran Brennan, Josh Dawodu and Luke Jackson could also be in line for loans and tweeted: “Wednesday are hoping to secure loan moves for youngsters Liam Waldock and Charles Hagan. They have a number of academy players that would also benefit from a loan spell.”
This strategy makes sense from Sheffield Wednesday, allowing the pair to experience a season in the men’s game and then assess on their return whether they’ve developed enough to make the step-up to the Owls’ first team.
Fans shouldn’t be overly sceptical about the benefits of non-league loans. Just look at Rhys Williams – he plied his trade at Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North and, in the following season, he was part of the first team frame at Liverpool.
In other news, Howson also issued this insight on a Wednesday incoming.
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