Wigan Athletic midfielder Chris Merrie has joined Altrincham on loan until 30 April 2018.
The 19-year-old links up with the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League leaders ahead of their home game against Stalybridge Celtic on Saturday.
Merrie, who made his Latics debut in a 2-1 Carabao Cup victory over Blackpool in August 2017, spent the earlier part of this season on loan at Vanarama National League North side Southport, where he featured six times, scoring once.
A product of Latics’ academy, Merrie also featured twice in the Checkatrade Trophy earlier this season.
Merrie links up with Altrincham to aid their title and promotion battle, with Alty six points clear of Warrington Town at the top of the Evo-Stik NPL.