FLEETWOOD Town striker George Donnelly was poised to make his debut for Macclesfield away to Cheltenham in League Two on Saturday after joining the Silkmen on loan.
And the deal could eventually become permanent, if Donnelly makes an impact.
The surprise move was announced as being for a month, but Fleetwood manager Micky Mellon said he expected the former Stockport and Plymouth striker to stay at Moss Ross until Christmas and that the clubs would talk more about the future then.
Explaining the development, Mellon said Donnelly had dropped down the pecking order at Highbury.
“We already have four strikers, plus Jamie Vardy, who can play in that position if required.
“Now George has the chance to play league football and we don’t want to stand in his way.”
Donnelly fills a gap in the Macclesfield front line, which was left after Emile Sinclair signed for Peterborough last week, the Posh stealing in ahead of Blackpool to get their man.
Donnelly said: “I have seen the style of play that the (Macclesfield) manager is trying to play here with lots of passing and trying to work the ball forward, and it is something that I will be able to fit in well with.
“Hopefully, I can get in and around the area and score a few goals.”
Donnelly only signed for Fleetwood last season for a club record £50,000 - that figure has since been surpassed by the capture of Jamie Vardy for a reputed £100,000.