Coventry City have been thanked by League One Gillingham for helping fund their latest loan deal at Priestfield Stadium.
Rising Sky Blues star Declan Drysdale joined the Kent club on a season long loan on Monday, following in the footsteps of fellow development squad midfielder Josh Eccles, who hooked up with the third tier side a fortnight ago.
And Gills’ boss Steve Evans was quick to express his appreciation to City after completing the deal for Drysdale ‘s services.
“It was always the plan to have four young central defenders competing with each other,” he said.
“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.”
CoventryLive understands that the Sky Blues are subsidising the move by paying part of Drysdale’s wages during his stay.
The loan moves for both players is hoped to be mutually beneficial to both clubs.
Although Eccles and Drysdale have featured in Mark Robins ‘s first team on occasions, the 20-year-olds have out-grown the development squad and League One football provides an ideal level for them to be tested and further their progress.
City chief executive Dave Boddy said: “The whole purpose of sending young players out on loan is to get valuable game time and experience.
“League One provides a very good level for that for both players who, we believe, have big futures ahead of them at Coventry.”
So far Eccles has played the full 90 minutes in his first two matches – a 3-2 victory at Wigan and 2-0 home win against Blackpool – with the Gills sitting in seventh place in the division where they have play-off ambitions.
Drysdale, meanwhile, could make his debut at Shrewsbury this weekend.