UNDER-21 PAIR LOANED OUT

Two members of the Chelsea Under-21 squad, Conor Clifford and Todd Kane, have today (Thursday) joined League One clubs on loan until 5 January.

Clifford's move to Crawley Town, currently ninth in their division, is a second loan this season for the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international, who was recently in the Ireland senior squad. In August he went to Portsmouth for a month.

Having joined Chelsea in 2008, the midfielder was a member of the side that won the 2010 FA Youth Cup, scoring the winner in the final, and followed that up the next year by being part of the squad that won the national Reserve League championship. This season he has made four appearances for our Under-21s.

Now 21, Clifford has also gained first team experience on loan at Plymouth, Notts County and Yeovil. He has not played for the Chelsea first team.

Kane, who has been the captain of the Chelsea Under-21 side this season, is loaned to Preston North End.

The 19-year-old right-back, who was part of our FA Youth Cup-winning side last season, scored in the 2011 national Reserve League play-off when we were crowned champions at that level. He is an England U19 international.

This season Kane has been an ever-present in the Under-21s, scoring once in his nine appearances. Having been part of the Chelsea Academy since Under 8s, this is his first loan.

Preston are currently 10th in League One.