Macclesfield town loan Mark Connolly from Bolton

Macclesfield Town have taken Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Mark Connolly on loan from Bolton.

Connolly, 20, joined the Trotters for £1m from Wolves in 2009, and is captain of the reserve team.

Having represented his country at youth level seven times, he is expected to join up with the Silkmen squad for Saturday's game with Oxford United.

Capable in defence and in midfield, the Irishman will provide a versatile option for the League Two strugglers.