Arsenal youngster Brooke Norton-Cuffy has joined League One side Lincoln City on loan until the end of the season.
Norton-Cuffy, who is usually deployed at right-back but is also capable of playing at centre-back in a three-man defence, only turned 18 recently and is the first of the club’s 2020 scholars to go out on loan.
An England youth international, Norton-Cuffy was eligible to play for Arsenal U18s this season but has instead featured heavily for the U23s, although he had a spell out injured earlier in the campaign.
In total, when the appearances he made last season are taken into account, Norton-Cuffy has played 17 times for Arsenal at U23/U21 levels.
Norton-Cuffy is an impressive reader of the game who is adept at making precisely-timed interceptions.
His temporary departure could lead to first-year scholar Reuell Walters getting more playing time for the U23s.