Dagbladet – Eikrem to sign pro deal
Posted by nickogs20 on May 7, 2008
Norwegian paper Dagbladet is reporting that United are set to offer Academy midfielder Magnus Wolff Eikrem a professional contract in the next couple of weeks.
Their article quotes the 17 year old as saying “The signals from the club thus far have all been so positive, I’ve never had any doubts I would be staying on”. Eikrem’s agent Jim Solbakken has apparently negotiated the deal which is expected to be signed when Magnus’ current scholarship contract runs out in the summer. It is also expected that the contract will be for one year initially, giving United the opportunity to assess the youngster’s progress before deciding whether to offer a longer professional deal. Magnus has always been considered a ‘long-term project’ by the coaching staff at United due to his slight physique, and they’ll be looking to see some significant development in that area over the next 12 months as the boy from Molde steps up to regular reserve football.
News on professional terms for Eikrem’s fellow second years is thin on the ground currently, with the club being typically unforthcoming with any details. united.no (the website of the MUFC Supporters Club’s Scandinavian Branch) reported back at the end of March that Conor McCormack had been released and was looking for a new club, but that as yet is unconfirmed. Ben Amos, Daniel Drinkwater, Daniel Galbraith, Corry Evans and Antonio Bryan have all been strong performers for the U18’s and semi-regular contributors at reserve level this season and you would expect them all to be retained, be that on professional terms or as third-year scholars. Jimmy Derbyshire has been in and out of the Academy side and there may be some doubt over his future with the club, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him kept on either. Naturally we’ll bring you up to date with any developments on this front as they come to light.