Defender Rob Kiernan loaned to Birmingham for the rest of the season.
- Rob Kiernan loaned to Birmingham City until the end of the season.
- 24-year-old signed long-term deal last summer.
- Malky Mackay: “Rob needs games at this stage of his career.”
The 24-year-old signed a new long-term contract last summer but has been in and out of the squad this season, and manager Malky Mackay feels the best thing for his future development is to play more regularly.
He said: “Rob is a good pro and he’s at the stage of his career where he needs to play games. Hopefully, the opportunity will come for him to do this at Birmingham and we wish him all the best in that respect.
“We will monitor his progress over the course of the season and reassess the situation in the summer.”
Kiernan played six league games under current Blues manager Gary Rowett during a loan spell to Burton Albion in 2012.
Hertfordshire-born Kiernan joined Latics from Watford in 2011 and after other loan spells at Accrington Stanley, Brentford and Southend United, he broke into the first team picture last season under Uwe Rosler.
To date, he has made 29 league appearances for Latics, scoring one goal, in the 2-2 draw at home to Leicester City.
He has appeared just four times under Mackay, coincidentally, the last came at St Andrews against Birmingham City last month.