TWO of Huddersfield Town’s top young prospects are being loaned for six months to League II clubs.
The 19-year old defender Leigh Franks (pictured) will be at newly-promoted Oxford United with ex-Town keeper Simon Eastwood until January 3.
And right-sided defender or midfielder Jack Hunt is joining Chesterfield at their new b2net Stadium for the same period.
Town manager Lee Clark said: “Getting the young professionals out on loan is something I’ve always wanted to do; they need to be out playing at a good level where winning matters.
“At reserve-team level the result isn’t always the important thing, but now it will be very important.
“It’s important that I see the lads in this environment and we will be going to watch them on a regular basis to compile dossiers on them.
“In January we should know whether all three – James Spencer is already at Morecambe – are going to be Huddersfield Town players or not.”
Franks joined Town as a 16-year-old from Bridlington Town and impressed enough to earn full terms.
“It will be a terrific learning curve for Leigh,” said Clark.
“Oxford get good crowds and I know their management team very well, having played with their coach Andy Melville at both Sunderland and Fulham. Andy was a centre-half in the same mould as Leigh and he will be a terrific help for him – he can pass on his experience.
“I’ve spoken to Leigh and told him what a massive opportunity it is – he has to grab it with both hands.
“We’ll watch him every week, build up a dossier of reports and the whole point of this move is to have Leigh challenging to break into our first team when he returns in January.”
On Hunt – who has been with Town since Under 9 level – Clark added: “Jack has a lot of good attributes; he’s quick and he’s a good athlete.
“He knows we think we can improve his defensive side and that will come along with the responsibility he will have at Chesterfield. I know the people there and I know he will receive good coaching and be treated in the right way – they have a fantastic new stadium too.
“I’m really pleased with the clubs that the three lads (Hunt, Franks and Spencer) are going to and the people they will be working for.
“I wouldn’t just send the young players out purely to play games – the club has to be right. I’m looking forward to seeing them in action over the next three months.”