Coventry City boss Mark Robins has sent a second promising young player out to get valuable first team football on loan.
The Sky Blues have agreed to send defender Declan Drysdale out, and the 20-year-old has today joined League One Gillingham on a season-long-loan.
Drysdale will spend the 2020/21 campaign at Priestfield Stadium as he looks to continue his development with the Gills.
The centre-back becomes the second man to join Steve Evans’ side on loan, following in the footsteps of midfielder Josh Eccles.
To this day, the 20-year-old has made five appearances for the Sky Blues, including 90 minutes against the Gills in the Carabao Cup second round, two weeks ago.
That’s when both he and Eccles were singled out by Evans, whose side sit in seventh place in the division after back-to-back victories against Wigan and Blackpool.
Eccles played 90 minutes in both of those matches and Drysdale could make his debut at Shrewsbury this weekend.
Evans said: “It was always the plan to have four young central defenders competing with each other.
“Further, with Declan joining, it gives us the option of playing three at the back.
“He is a powerful boy, has outstanding distribution and is very strong physically. He enhances everything we are about defensively.
“We wholly recognise the financial support from Coventry City, which is fantastic to see in these times in Football.”
Drysdale said: “I’m delighted to be here; I had positive talks with the Gaffer over the weekend and I’ll hopefully settle in nicely.
“I’m at that stage of my career now where I need to play games and I’m relishing the opportunity to come here and help contribute to a good season.”