The teenage Wigan Athletic left-back Ryan Galvin appears to have played for Sheffield Wednesday’s Under-23s against Hull City on Friday.
Hull’s official website listed a player with Galvin’s name in the Wednesday XI which started the 3-2 defeat against the Tigers at Middlewood Road.
The game arrived three days after the Owls fielded an unnamed trialist, also understood to be the 18-year-old, in their 2-1 development squad win at Bolton Wanderers.
But Wednesday chose to keep their Hull team, which contained first-team players David Bates and Fernando Forestieri, under wraps.
The fact that Garry Monk’s senior side faced Queens Park Rangers in the FA Cup fourth round later that evening could explain their secrecy.
Galvin joined the Wigan academy ranks in 2018 and spent part of this season on loan to Stafford Rangers.
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The player who celebrates his 19th birthday this week can also perform higher up the pitch, according to Wigan’s official website.
He scored the following solo effort, described by the Latics as a goal of the season contender, against Fleetwood Town last season.
Galvin’s contract situation remains unclear, though it is likely that his deal will expire this summer, which could explain his presence at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Owls travel to Wigan in the Championship on Tuesday.