Life has been tough on Connor Kirby of late. The 21-year-old former Sheffield Wednesday man found out he was being released on Zoom, as is the case with many I assume, but after senior experience with Macclesfield last season, he hoped for a little more.
“I thought I did quite well on loan at Macclesfield. I made 39 appearances for them. I did what I needed to do,” he said in a recent interview. “I got game time and I thought I would be rewarded for what I did but it got to the stage where nothing was said to me about a new contract so I kind of expected I was not going to get one when the time came around.”
He’s the final name being linked with the Imps and I can already hear the groans of discontent coming from supporters. Kirby is not a Liam Bridcutt ot a Joe Morrell, but at the same time, we don’t actually know what he is. Remember, Morrell had only been with Cheltenham and Sutton before us and look how that turned out.
I’ve known about Kirby for a while, he was handed his debut by Sheff Weds former boss, Jos Luhukay when youth was being given a chance at Hillsborough. He didn’t stand out particularly, but he went out on loan to Macclesfield last season and didn’t do too badly. Playing in the central midfield, often on the left side of a two, he made 39 appearances in total, scoring once. He likes a pass, on average he made five passes into the final third, ten forward passes and two into the 18-yard area per game, which isn’t bad in a side who struggled like Macclesfield. He is another ‘one for the future’ though, which is where I see our early business going.