Fulham full back Sean Kavanagh has joined Hartlepool United on loan until the end of the season, the club have announced this morning.

The 22 year-old, who can also operate on the left side of midfield, has been at Fulham since joining the London club from Belvedere in 2011. Having come through the club’s academy, Kavanagh made his senior debut in a 1-0 defeat by Wolves in August 2014 and got a regular run of games when former youth team coach Kit Symons replaced Felix Magath in charge of the first team. The former Republic of Ireland under 21 international scored his first goal for the club in a 1-0 win over Norwich City in October and provided an assist for Matt Smith’s vital winner at Blackpool later in the season.

Kavanagh has struggled for first-team appearances at Fulham since then, playing just twice in the whole of last season, where he spent time out on loan at Mansfield Town, for whom he made seven league appearances. He has played in the EFL Cup wins over Leyton Orient and Middlesbrough – where he filled in at right back – but has most recently been deputising as a makeshift centre half for the U23 side.

Hartlepool are currently 18th in League Two, with 27 points from 24 games, after a 2-2 draw at Accrington Stanley on Monday.