Birmingham City midfielder Callum Reilly has joined Burton Albion on an emergency loan until the end of the season. The 21-year-old has made eighteen appearances for the St Andrew's outfit this season, scoring once, but has slipped down the pecking order following the loan arrival of Robert Tesche from Nottingham Forest.
A combative central midfielder, Reilly was one of a pack of young players that broke into the Blues team under former manager Lee Clark and one of a group of three which included Mitch Hancox and Nathan Redmond that had graduated to the team together having been at the club since they were eight years old.
However, this season his star has waned somewhat as he has struggled to build on his early promise and a fairly disjointed recent display as a substitute for David Davis against Middlesbrough didn't help to convince Gary Rowett that he should remain part of the first-team plans.
With Davis, Stephen Gleeson and now Robert Tesche in front of him, opportunities for playing time are going to be limited and as Rowett has with many other fringe players, Reilly has been loaned out to give him some playing time and a chance to get himself back into form at a lower level. The loan spell will keep him at Burton until the end of the season, although there is a recall clause which can be activated after 28 days.
The Warrington-born player made his debut as a late substitute in a 4-0 cup win over Sheffield United in 2012 but didn't properly break into the Birmingham City team until October 2013. He scored his first professional goal against Huddersfield in January 2013 as he staked his claim for a regular first team spot. He has since made 66 appearances for the team and is out of contract at the end of the season.