Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Northern Ireland teenager Ethan Galbraith on a scholarship contract with a view to signing a pro-deal when he is old enough.
Galbraith, 16, played in two Man United trials and has done enough to earn himself a move to United to join our academy side under Kieran McKenna and new academy director Ricky Sbragia.
— Mirror Football (@MirrorFootball) June 27, 2017
Speaking to the Irish Mirror about the move, Galbraith explained how his trials went and admitted he is excited about the move.
He said: “I went on a couple of trials last year after I was spotted playing for Linfield U16s. I must have done okay because United then offered me a contract in January.
“The trials were good, and I was playing with top players as well. Players like Angel Gomes who is moving onto the first team now.
“I played in a couple of friendly games and also some training sessions and it was a great experience.
“I signed the pre-contract in January and I will finally travel over to Manchester this weekend to live there and sign my full deal.
“It is one-year scholarship and then two-year pro deal. I will be playing with the Under 18s next season, but the big aim is to progress to the first team.”
United’s U18s were reinvigorated last season by the arrival of Tottenham Hotspur’s U18s coach McKenna after a very poor 2015/16 under Paul McGuinness which led to him being replaced by McKenna.
With Angel Gomes breaking into the first-team to make his debut aged just 16, it’s no surprise to hear Galbraith is excited about the move and I look forward to seeing Galbraith in action next season.