Young midfielder Lewis Hardcastle has been handed the chance to gain some valuable first team experience with a loan move to Salford City.
The 17-year-old links up with the Evo-Stik Premier League side on a youth loan through to Saturday 24th October.
A combative and committed midfielder who also has an eye for goal, Hardcastle had an impressive first full year with the club. He started off with the Under-18s before moving up to be part of the development squad during the second half of the season, including an appearance in the final of the U21 Premier League Cup.
This season has seen him play for both the Under-21s and Under-18s, but the loan move to Salford will give him the opportunity for his first taste of senior football.
"We think Lewis will benefit from having a month at men's football," said Head of Academy Eric Kinder.
"Salford are an up and coming side and it is well documented who their owners are.
"They approached us and asked to take him so we were more than happy as it can only be good for his development."
Hardcastle has been signed in time for Salford's league match away at Whitby Town this Wednesday evening, furthermore he has also been given permission to play for them in this season's FA Cup competition.