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.
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.