Manchester United's Under-23s keeper Kieran O'Hara has joined League Two newcomers Macclesfield Town on loan for the 2018/19 season.
The 22-year-old has been in the Republic of Ireland senior squad and has picked up plenty of experience working with the first team at Old Trafford.
After starting the campaign in fine form with an impressive display against Fulham in Friday's Premier League 2 opener, the homegrown talent has been allowed to develop his game in the fourth tier.
Macclesfield gained promotion back to the EFL last term and will benefit from having somebody who has previously had spells with Trafford, Fylde, Morecambe (where he had two separate stints) and Stockport County.
The opportunity to play first-team football was one that O'Hara was looking to embrace in 2018/19 and his exit should pave the way for Matej Kovar and Alex Fojticek to battle it out for the keeper's slot in Ricky Sbragia's side.
“Obviously, it’s going to be difficult for a club coming up from the National League to League Two but they seem to have made a promising start and had a great result against Bradford in the first round of the Carabao Cup,
“ O'Hara told ManUtd.com. ”It’s exciting to see what happens in the draw for the next round as it could be a big club.
“Speaking to the chairman, they’re going in the right direction and have all their players in place, so that they think they can get to where they want to be. So it’s very exciting.
“I’m looking forward to it, getting started and hopefully playing in front of crowds, week in and week out. It’s about showing everyone what I’m capable of. The people have seen here what I’m capable of and it’s proving that on another stage, showing people and the staff at United that I can reach that level and beyond it.”
Everybody at United would like to wish Kieran the best of luck this term as we will follow his progress at Moss Rose.