Rams trio Conor Sammon, Mason Bennett and Mark O’Brien have all left the club on loan deals aiming to bring them first-team football and experience.
27-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Conor Sammon has joined Ipswich Town F.C on a season-long loan deal with the aim of first-team football.
Head Coach Steve McClaren told dcfc.co.uk: “Conor’s first-team chances were limited last season, especially with Chris Martin’s superb form. That was unfortunately going to be the case for him this season, especially following the arrival of Leon Best, so moving on loan to Ipswich presents him with a strong possibility of playing first-team football.”
18-year-old Mason Bennett has joined League 1 outfit Bradford City on a youth loan that will run until January 2015.
The striker has recently signed a new 4-year contract with the Rams, committing his future to the club until 2018 and has joined Bradford with the aim of gaining vital first-team experience.
Head Coach Steve McClaren told dcfc.co.uk: “We think a lot of Mason and our faith in him was demonstrated when we secured his services on a four-year contract. He needs first-team football to continue his development and heading to Bradford on loan is a good move for all parties. We will follow his progress very closely throughout the duration of his loan.”
21-year-old central-defender Mark O’Brien has joined up with SPL side Motherwell on a loan-deal that will run until January 2015.
The defender has struggled to break into the first-team in recent seasons due to the outstanding forms of fellow defenders Richard Keogh, Jake Buxton and Zak Whitbread.
A knee injury meant he missed the start of last season but after making a full recovery, he was only called upon to act as an unused substitute on several occasions.
Head Coach Steve McClaren told dcfc.co.uk: “It’s important Mark gets out and plays some first-team football and going to Motherwell will allow him to do that. He has been incredibly patient waiting in the wings behind our other central defenders and it will benefit him going out and playing matches again.”