Under the provisions of the "emergency" loan system, Sam Hutchinson has moved to Sheffield Wednesday. Initial terms are for just a one-month loan until March 12, but should things go well, I'm sure we could see that extended.
This will be 24-year-old Hutchinson's third loan since he decided to give his career - beset by injuries and ill-fortune at every turn - a second try. Knee injuries forced him to retire at just 21 in 2010 but sixteen months later he was back, and made a second Chelsea debut in April 2012. He spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, but another knee injury robbed him of more time. He made just nine appearances, but did score his first professional goal. He tried his luck at Vitesse at the start of this season, but his loan was cut short in January after featuring just a few times for the Dutch side.
Sam is a true Chelsea boy, having been at the club since before age 10. We wish him all the best as he continues his search for a playing career in football. But if that doesn't work out, I'm sure the club's doors will always be open to him in a non-playing capacity (as if we've done with many others recently like Jody Morris, Jon Harley, James Simmonds, etc).
Hutchinson - set to wear number 41 - is the Owls' second confirmed emergency loan signing of the last couple hours. Striker Leon Best joined from fellow Championship side Blackburn, as Wednesday look to stay clear of the relegation zone. Meanwhile, they'll look to reach the FA Cup quarterfinals with a win against Charlton Athletic on Saturday. Both new players are eligible to play.