Welsh Premier League products Rhys Healey and Alex Samuel have completed loan moves to Scotland late in the transfer window, as the duo look to continue their development.
I’ll be following their progress with interest as seeing WPL-produced players being sought after from clubs in the professional game can only be a good thing for the league.
If the clubs and league can together develop a reputation as being a breeding ground for producing talented players able to make the transition into the professional game, the clubs themselves will stand to gain financial reward making them more sustainable while the WPL will be viewed with more credibility which will further assist its growth.
Healey, formerly of Connah’s Quay, will now be plying his trade in the Scottish Premiership with Dundee FC until January.
The 20-year-old moves from Cardiff City where he has began the season in impressive form for the club’s development squad. Healey netted a brace on Monday night for Cardiff’s Under-21’s taking his tally to five in three games and is one of a number of new arrivals at Dundee.
Ex-Aberystwyth Town starlet Alex Samuel is also on the move after being farmed out to Morton from Swansea City.
Samuel, 19, moves to a Morton side who have failed to find the net in three out of their four Scottish Championship matches this season.
Last season Samuel played a vital role in Swansea’s youth side winning the Premier Development League Two as he scored in both the semi-final and the final.
Meanwhile, another former Welsh Premier striker has stayed put despite strong interest. Walsall are believed to have reject several bids for their leading scorer Tom Bradshaw, another product to come out of Park Avenue.
Swindon are said to have made bids in excess of £300,000 for the Shrewsbury-born striker while Bristol City, Preston and Reading have also been keen.
Good luck to Rhys and Samuel with their respective loan moves!