Arsenal 20yo moved on loan despite entering last 6 months of contract

Zech Medley with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)
Zech Medley with Arsenal (Photo via Arsenal.com)

Zech Medley moved to Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock on loan on the final day of the January transfer window, despite having six months on his contract.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 28: Mikel Arteta and Zech Medley during a training session at Emirates Stadium on December 28, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND: Mikel Arteta and Zech Medley during a training session at Emirates Stadium on December 28, 2019. (Photo by Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Arsenal confirmed on Monday night that Zech Medley is moving on loan to Kilmarnock until the end of the 2020/21 season.

The defender was on loan with Gillingham for the first half of the campaign, but the League One club posted to confirm that he and Trae Coyle had both been recalled by Arsenal in the January window.

In Medley’s case, that was reportedly because Arsenal were keen for him to play at a higher level. He made 18 appearances for Gillingham, so it wasn’t as if they weren’t giving him chances on the pitch.

Interestingly, Chris Wheatley reports that Medley’s Arsenal contract expires this summer. The reason the club loaned him anyway is that there’s an option to extend that they’re likely to take up.

Obviously, Arsenal can review the situation again at the end of his loan in Scotland. If he does well, they’ll surely extend the deal. If he doesn’t and they decide not to keep him, there’s no contractual obligation to do so.