Kilkenny has made one appearance for Andoni Iraola’s side so far this season, playing 33 minutes in the FA Cup against Swansea City last week. Fleetwood Town have now reached an agreement to bring him in until the end of the season.
The Dublin-born midfielder has failed to become a first-team regular at Bournemouth since joining from Irish side St. Kevins Boys in 2016, making just 25 appearances within that time.
Kilkenny went out on loan to Stoke City at the beginning of last season but was recalled in January due to lack of game time. He was then sent to Charlton Athletic, where he went on to make eight appearances.
Fleetwood currently sit bottom of the League One table and are without a win in 14 games. The 23-year-old will be given the chance to work under former Liverpool midfielder Charlie Adam, who is currently in charge of the Fishermen.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, manager Iraola gave praise on the player after Thursday’s win, highlighting his work ethic behind the scenes in training.
“Also Gavin Kilkenny, he had his first minute of the season.”
“I think someone that trains really well – very difficult every time, the decision to leave him out, and I think he deserved this minutes and I think he has done also really well for me.”
The loan is thought to be a straight loan with no option to buy, and the former Ireland u21 international is expected back at the Vitality Stadium at the end of the season. There is a huge competition for places in the squad at the moment, with the likes of Alex Scott ahead of him in the pecking order at the club.
Fleetwood welcome Port Vale to the Highbury Stadium on Saturday and with the deadline on Thursday, that game could likely end up being Kilkenny’s debut at the club.
Kilkenny is a hugely talented midfielder who can play in several roles across the middle of the park. The Fishermen are struggling at the moment and he is the type of player that could provide a spark to try and help push them on in the second half of the season.
He will be looking to put his last two unsuccessful loans behind him, and finally prove his potential with a good run of games during this one.