Liverpool U23s midfielder Herbie Kane has become the latest player to leave the club on loan this summer, joining League One side Doncaster Rovers.
Kane was among those called into Jurgen Klopp‘s first-team squad for training towards the end of the season, but returned to academy duty for pre-season.
After a difficult campaign marred by injury in 2016/17, the 19-year-old produced an excellent run of form last time out, and even wore the captain’s armband for Neil Critchley‘s U23s.
As with the likes of Ovie Ejaria, Ben Woodburn and Harry Wilson, however, it has been determined that his development would be best served on loan.
Liverpool confirmed on Thursday evening that Kane will spend the first half of this campaign with the South Yorkshire side.
Having joined the Reds from Bristol City in 2013, he was part of the U15s side that reached the semi-finals of the Junior Milk Cup that year, alongside Trent Alexander-Arnold.
While Alexander-Arnold’s rise has been meteoric, Kane’s has been more measured, but he remains one of the most promising midfielders in the Liverpool academy.
His physicality and composure bely his young years, and despite picking up a red card towards the end of last season for an off-the-ball incident, he typically plays with seasoned maturity.
“I’m happy to be here, I’ve met a few of the lads and they seem like a good group so I’m looking forward to the start of the season,” Kane told Rovers’ official website.
“It was an important decision for me as it’s my first loan spell, I know I’ll have to work hard to earn my place in the team.
“I’m a hardworking player, I like to score and assist as much as possible. There is plenty of competition for places which I’m excited by.”
Rovers begin their season away to Southend United on Saturday afternoon (3pm BST).
Good luck, Herbie!