Date: 17th May 2020 at 1:29pm
Written by: Brian Morgan

Connor Kirby could leave Sheffield Wednesday this summer as he’s been short of first-team football, finds himself low down the pecking order and is out of contract in the coming months.

The 21-year-old’s lack of playing time has led to him being loaned out to League Two this season, so he may not be at the level required to feature under Garry Monk.

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Kirby rose through the youth ranks to Wednesday’s first-team in 2018 and has gone on to make four appearances in all competitions. The young midfielder’s debut came in the Owls’ 3-0 win over Reading (April 21, 2018) and his last outing was in their 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion (October 3).

Kirby’s inability to break into the first-team led to him joining Macclesfield Town on loan last summer, making 39 appearances across the board. And while impressing enough to warrant a regular starting place, he’s still playing two divisions below Wednesday.

As things stand, the 21-year-old finds himself behind Sam Hutchinson, Joey Pelupessy, Massimo Luongo, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan and Alex Hunt in Monk’s estimates, so a departure could be on the cards in the coming months.

Kirby isn’t the only out-of-contract player with an uncertain future, but he’s been on the periphery for so long, so it’s hard to see him being retained.

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