The new Championship season is upon us this weekend and it promises the thrills and spills we have come to expect from such a competitive division.
It has long been an excellent proving ground for young talent at Premier League clubs, whose careers come on in leaps and bounds from a Championship loan spell.
Manchester United's James Garner and Liverpool duo Neco Williams and Nathaniel Phillips all played a part in promotion-winning campaigns last season at Nottingham Forest, Fulham and Bournemouth respectively.
James Garner (left), on loan from Manchester United, helped Nottingham Forest win promotion last season, while Liverpool's Neco Williams (right) shone at Fulham
And once again, the Championship clubs have raided top-flight academies to offer young talents the opportunity to play more regularly and show what they can do.
We take a look at 10 players hoping to light up the second tier having been borrowed from leading clubs.
Alvaro Fernandez (Manchester United to Preston North End)
It is a sign of how highly Spanish left-back Fernandez is rated at Old Trafford that he extended his contract with Manchester United until 2024 before being let out on loan to Deepdale.
United saw off competition from Barcelona and Manchester City to sign Fernandez from Real Madrid's academy two years ago and the 19-year-old has proved his worth.
He was named United's Player of the Year at Under-23 level last season and was an unused substitute in their final four Premier League fixtures of the season under Ralf Rangnick.
Fernandez will now be immersed in the rigours of senior football at Championship level, with Preston manager Ryan Lowe describing him as a 'fantastic asset' who 'will be a fantastic football player for Manchester United.'
Manchester United's Alvaro Fernandez in action during an under-19 UEFA Youth League game
The Spanish left-back has signed on loan at Preston North End for the season ahead
Tino Anjorin (Chelsea to Huddersfield Town)
Chelsea are never short of players to send out on loan and 20-year-old Anjorin has decided to make a return to familiar surroundings.
The versatile midfielder, 20, is due at Huddersfield Town for a second spell after the Terriers lost out to Nottingham Forest in the Championship play-off final last season.
Anjorin will be hoping to make more of an impact than his first stint having seen only 132 minutes of Championship action.
He arrived in Yorkshire having just come back from a fractured metatarsal suffered while on loan at Lokomotiv Moscow and he was restricted to cameos off the bench at Huddersfield with Carlos Corberan reluctant to break up a winning side.
But Anjorin obviously made a good impression and he should see more action under new head coach Danny Schofield.
Chelsea's Tino Anjorin will be hoping to make a greater impression at Huddersfield Town
Anjorin in action against Dele Alli, then a Tottenham player, during a friendly 12 months ago
Lewis Fiorini (Manchester City to Blackpool)
Midfielder Fiorini, 20, is preparing to make a step up in standard having spent last season on loan with League One club Lincoln City.
Prior to his time at Sincil Bank, the Scotland under-21 international signed a new contract at the Etihad Stadium through until 2026, showing how highly he is regarded there.
His season with the Imps was productive, with Fiorini scoring six goals and setting up a further five in 44 appearances.
Blackpool are looking to improve on last season's 16th-place finish on their return to the Championship standard and Fiorini could play an integral role.
Lewis Fiorini (left) pictured during a Man City training session ahead of his loan at Blackpool
Rhys Williams (Liverpool to Blackpool)
Blackpool have also moved to strengthen their defence with the loan signing of Liverpool's towering centre-half Williams.
The youngster was drafted in by Jurgen Klopp and played pretty regularly when Liverpool suffered their defensive injury crisis during the 2020-21 season but last season was more frustrating.
He barely even made the bench at Anfield, even after they'd recalled him early from a loan spell at Swansea.
Even there, he was more often out of the team than in it and he'll hope to drastically increase his game time at Bloomfield Road to remind Klopp of what he can do.
Liverpool defender Rhys Williams is set for a loan spell at Championship club Blackpool
The youngster stepped up impressively for Jurgen Klopp during their injury crisis of 2020-21
Taylor Harwood-Bellis (Manchester City to Burnley)
It's a new era for Burnley with Vincent Kompany now in charge after they dropped out of the Premier League after six seasons in the big time.
As a man with strong City connections, it comes as little surprise that Kompany has returned to his old club to take centre-back Harwood-Bellis on a season-long loan.
He also worked under Kompany at Belgian club Anderlecht in the first half of last season and the manager, who surely knows a good defender when he sees one, was obviously taken by him.
This will be the 20-year-old's third stint at a Championship club having previously spent time at Blackburn and Stoke.
Taylor Harwood-Bellis playing for Manchester City - he is set to spend the season at Burnley
Troy Parrott (Tottenham to Preston North End)
Early career loan spells certainly didn't do Harry Kane any harm and Tottenham will no doubt hope for the same with 20-year-old Troy Parrott.
The Republic of Ireland international is set for his fourth spell away having previously played for Millwall, Ipswich and MK Dons.
Parrott scored eight league goals to help MK finish third in League One last season before they lost to Wycombe in the play-off semi-final.
Preston will hope for a good return as they aim to push up the Championship and challenge for a top six finish in the year ahead.
Troy Parrott in action in South Korea on Tottenham's pre-season tour before going to Preston
Tommy Doyle (Manchester City to Sheffield United)
Having earned regular Championship football during a loan spell at Cardiff in the second half of last season, 20-year-old midfielder Doyle is heading to Sheffield United for the season ahead.
The Blades reached the play-offs last time, losing to Forest, and are expected to be in the conversation for promotion once again.
However, there was early frustration for Doyle when he suffered a thigh muscle tear in training within days of arriving on their pre-season tour.
He is running again and United will hope he can return to action a few weeks into the season.
Tommy Doyle in action for Manchester City in a Premier League game with Newcastle in 2020
Will Smallbone (Southampton to Stoke City)
Central midfielder Smallbone, 22, has featured in a handful of first-team games for Southampton with his early career affected by an ACL injury suffered in January 2021.
He returned in October last year but was restricted to just seven outings for the Saints in the remainder of the campaign amid stiff competition.
Perhaps seeing little prospect of more game time, Ralph Hasenhuttl has sanctioned a loan move to Stoke City, which could prove useful to his career progression.
Midfielder Will Smallbone has left Southampton for a Championship loan spell at Stoke City
Taylor Richards (Brighton to Queens Park Rangers)
Born in Hammersmith, Richards watched his first football game at Loftus Road, so his loan from Brighton feels like something of a homecoming.
The 21-year-old midfielder was sent out to Birmingham on loan in January but suffered a freak injury performing a jumping test during his medical.
That delayed his debut until March and Richards would only make five more appearances.
He'll hope for better luck in Michael Beale's team as QPR look to improve on last season's 11th-place finish.
Taylor Richards has signed for Queens Park Rangers on loan from Brighton for the season
Charlie Cresswell (Leeds United to Millwall)
Cresswell enjoyed a bit of a breakthrough in 2021-22 as he featured in five Premier League games for Leeds, albeit just a few minutes from the bench in three of them.
He'd caught the eye as captain of the under-23 team and Marcelo Bielsa was keen to see what he could produce at the higher level.
Jesse Marsch played him once but has decided a loan spell would be beneficial with the 19-year-old defender at a crucial stage of his development.
Millwall will be the England under-21 international's club for the season and he's sure to learn a great deal.
Charlie Cresswell in action for Millwall during a pre-season friendly against Dartford
Championship opening weekend
Huddersfield Town vs Burnley (8pm)
3pm kick-off unless stated
Blackburn Rovers vs Queens Park Rangers
Blackpool vs Reading
Cardiff City vs Norwich City
Hull City vs Bristol City
Luton Town vs Birmingham City
Millwall vs Stoke City
Rotherham United vs Swansea City
Wigan Athletic vs Preston North End
Middlesbrough vs West Bromwich Albion (5.30pm)
Sunderland vs Coventry City (12pm)
Watford vs Sheffield United (8pm)