Report: Sheffield United agree to let full-back leave despite mounting injury crisis
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Report: Sheffield United agree to let full-back leave despite mounting injury crisis

Sheffield United have agreed to let young full-back, Joe Starbuck, leave the club to join Kidderminster Harriers on loan.

Despite there being a plethora of injury concerns at Bramall Lane at the moment, United have agreed to let Starbuck further his development by joining Kidderminster. Confirmed by their official website, Starbuck will go straight into the Harriers squad to face Southport this weekend.

Starbuck, 20, is among a number of young players currently trying to make their way at Bramall Lane. Known to Paul Heckingbottom through his time managing the 23s, the full-back might have had his eye on forcing his way into the first-team given United’s injury crisis right now.

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However, it seems the management feel he isn’t quite ready yet and Starbuck will hope to impress out on loan.

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A number of youngsters have been in and around the first-team squad this season already. Sai Sachdev got a debut at Stoke while Andre Brooks has also been on the bench.

United are currently without Max Lowe, Enda Stevens, Jayden Bogle, and now Rhys Norrington-Davies in the full-back areas.

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If he isn’t pushing the first-team then a loan move is the next best thing for Joe Starbuck really. United snapped him up from Grimsby initially so it’s not like first-team football at that level will shock him either.

At 20, he needs to be playing games above the under-21s level currently on offer and this move to Kidderminster is a chance for him to show what he can do. Starbuck travelled with the United squad to Millwall last season, so he’s clearly one on the radar.

United have a good crop of young players emerging right now. Indeed, it’s quite surprising we’ve not seen more of them given how many injuries have hit the first-team squad this season.

Hopefully, this is the boost Starbuck needs to really get his career going.

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