Ryan Edwards has returned to his parent club Blackburn Rovers after three months on loan at Chesterfield.
The 20-year-old central defender linked up with the Spireites in July on an initial one-month deal and featured against Wolverhampton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday during pre-season.
He made such an impression that he lined up alongside Sam Hird at the heart of Chesterfield’s defence for the League Two opener at newly-relegated Bury, where he helped Paul Cook’s side to a clean sheet and three points in a 2-0 win.
Cook responded by handing the then teenager a two-month loan extension. Edwards and Hird partnered each other for a further three games against Leeds in the Capital One Cup, Cheltenham and Rochdale.
He was replaced by Liam Cooper in the second half at Spotland and has since found first team opportunities hard to come by with the form of Hird and the return to full fitness of club captain Ian Evatt.
Edwards, who has also operated at right-back, progressed through the youth ranks at Ewood Park and earned a two-year professional contract with Rovers in April, 2012.
During his time at Blackburn, Edwards captained the youth squad to the 2011/12 FA Youth Cup final before enjoying loan spells at Rochdale and Fleetwood Town last season.
He left the club following Saturday’s goalless draw at Bristol Rovers , where he was an unused substitute.
While striker Chris Porter, who hasn’t featured in the last two of Cook’s squads, looks likely to rejoin Sheffield United following the completion of his loan on November 2.