Owls midfielder Connor Kirby is reaping the benefits of his loan spell with League Two Macclesfield after joining until the end of the season in the summer.
The 21-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Silkmen to date, starting nine, and is relishing playing regular senior football.
Kirby told swfc.co.uk: “I’m really enjoying it. It’s different, I’m not around my mates any more, I’m a small fish in a big pond so I have to try and work my way up and see what happens this season.
“I was confident that I can play at this level, and obviously I knew I wouldn’t start straight away, I had to work hard in training to impress the manager and I’ve come in and played regularly and cemented a place.
“I’m very pleased, I’m happy with myself and it’s an achievement for a 21-year-old to be playing League Two football every week.
“The environment is great, they’re great lads and I settled in straight away.”
Kirby had played four games for Wednesday before joining Macclesfield and says the move was the best decision to continue his development.
He added: “It’s the best option for me this season to go out and get first team football and be in the dressing room with senior players.
“I think we’re good enough to push for the play-offs, we’ve got a young team and although the results haven’t gone for us over the last few games, we need to put a run together and start climbing the table.”