Date: 10th March 2020 at 5:18pm
Written by: Brian Morgan

Connor Kirby could be on his way out of Sheffield Wednesday this summer as he’s out of contract in the coming months and has been out-of-favour for some time. The 21-year-old rose through the youth ranks to the first-team in 2018 but has made only four appearances in all competitions and has spent the last seven months on loan at Macclesfield Town.

Kirby signed a new two-and-a-half-year deal at Wednesday in March 2018 and is approaching the end of his contract without an extension in sight. It’s hard to see the Owls retaining his services past 2020 as his last appearance came all the way back in October 2018. With Kirby only playing League Two football on loan, it’s clear he’s not at the level required for Wednesday.

Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?

1st - 6th

1st - 6th

7th - 14th

7th - 14th

15th - 21th

15th - 21th

22th - 24th

22th - 24th

Garry Monk currently has Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee, Joey Pelupessy, Massimo Luongo, Alex Hunt and Sam Hutchinson at his disposal, so it’s highly unlikely that the 21-year-old would dethrone any of the midfielders. Kirby has been a regular at Macclesfield, making 38 appearances across the board and contributing two goals, but it’s hard to stand out in side losing most weeks.

The Englishman has racked up 2581 minutes of League Two football, created 28 chances, completed 68.1% of his 721 passes, won 18 aerial duels (24%), lost the ball through an unsuccessful touch or being dispossessed 55 times, made eight successful dribbles (57%), blocked 54 shots/passes/crosses, made 39 clearances and averaged a tackle (60) or interception (28) every 29 minutes.

Kirby failed to convince previous Wednesday managers for more opportunities and he’s not played a minute of football under Monk, so an exit this summer looks on the cards. He’ll be a free agent in July, so Kirby should do his utmost to put himself in the shop window at Macclesfield.

Read Crippy Cooke’s previous article