Sheffield United's John Brayford has this afternoon sealed a loan switch to Championship side Burton, linking up once again with ex-Blades boss Nigel Clough.
Chris Wilder, the United boss, said: "This is an opportunity for John to return to the Championship and, of course, he has worked with Nigel Clough on a number of occasions previously.
"This loan enables us to reinvest in other areas before the end of the transfer window. I feel we already have cover in that area of the pitch and we'll look to strengthen in the coming days."
Brayford arrived at United from Cardiff City in 2015 following an impressive loan spell the year before. He has made 68 appearances for United and scored four times.
Clough, who brought Brayford to Bramall Lane, said: “When we heard John was available it was a no-brainer to sign him. He can cover us anywhere along the back three and the wing-back positions as well so that’s the main reason we’ve brought him in and he’s a good experienced Championship player.
“It’s easy now to say we’re not too bad injury wise but we know when the season kicks in during September, October and around Christmas there’s a heavy workload of games so we need a good strong squad and he adds to that. He knows Ben Turner from Cardiff, he was good friends with him. He will know Nayls (Tom Naylor) and Stephen Bywater as well so it’s a bit like coming home for him.
“It’s a good opportunity for him to put himself in the shop window in the Championship again.”
United, meanwhile, have released Martyn Woolford. The winger played 34 times last season but found himself out of favour under Wilder, and has since joined Fleetwood Town.