Matt Young’s one-month loan move to League Two relegation battlers Carlisle United will benefit the right-back’s long term development, according to Owls boss Stuart Gray.
The 20-year-old, who moved to Hillsborough last summer but has yet to feature for the Championship side, made his Football League debut in the Cumbrians’ 1-0 home defeat to Cambridge United last weekend.
Young, formerly on Southampton’s books, will remain at Brunton Park until February 10.
“This is the next stage of Matt’s career,” Gray told The Star. “He has played a lot at Under-21 level but now he needs to get some league football.
“Nothing beats Saturday afternoon football playing in front of a crowd. When you make mistakes, it means something rather than a training ground game or an Under-21 match.
“I know Matt. He’s a confident boy who has got great ability and it will be a good exprience for him.”
Young, a regular member of Wednesday’s development squad, was yellow carded as Carlisle slipped to a third successive loss, a result which leaves them third-from-bottom in League Two, one point above the relegation zone.
Carlisle boss Keith Curle said: “I think there’s more to come from Matt. He came in and slotted into the right back role really well. It’s very difficult for a young man to make his debut in those conditions but he integrated well into the squad.
“He has a fantastic pedigree and he’s been monitored for a while by Lee Dykes. It was a case of getting the timing right as to when we could get him here. He didn’t look out of place and that’s what you want from your first game.”
The deal for Young was completed last week but Curle decided to not publicly reveal the signing until the day of the Cambridge tussle.
“What I tried to do by not naming him was to protect a young man who was coming out on his first loan,” he said. “I didn’t want him to have the spotlight on him with interviews and opinion in the paper, and on message boards.
“I wanted him to come and slip into the team and look like he’d been a fixture in the team. I thought he did that well.”