Paul Lambert believes the experience John O'Sullivan will gain by going out on loan will only stand him in good stead for the future.
The 22-year-old Irishman yesterday joined League One side Rochdale on loan until the turn of the year in a bid to play more first team football.
"I think it is important for any young player to play mens football as they call it," said the Rovers boss.
"I think with John going out will do him a world of good because he'll start to realise that it isn't a hobby any more and that it is a job that you've to earn a living out of and you've got to go as high as you possibly can in your own career.
"For our football club it is important because hopefully when he comes back he'll be a lot better for it.
"I spoke to him the other day and he wanted to go out on loan. He wasn't just sitting here, he wanted to go out and play men's football which is great.
"He'll come back better for it with the more games that he plays. He's definitely got a talent, he just needs to be brought out a little bit more."
O'Sullivan's first game for Rochdale is at home to Port Vale this Saturday.