McCullough confirms United move
Posted by nickogs20 on June 29, 2010
Northern Ireland U17 captain Luke McCullough has confirmed that he has signed a two-year scholarship contract with United and will join up with the Reds for the imminent start of pre-season training.
The Portadown youngster has been a regular triallist at Carrington over the past couple of years and was rumoured to have agreed to scholarship terms earlier this year. The club should be announcing details of the new intake of first year academy scholars in the next couple of weeks, but McCullough has pre-empted that in an interview with UTV News.
“It’s any boy’s dream to get any club across the water but to get United, it’s an added bonus,” said the 16 year-old, despite his boyhood allegiance towards a certain other North West side who wear red (“I’ll just have to forget about Liverpool for now“). The talented young centre-half swells the number of Northern Irish players at Old Trafford to seven, joining a quintet of fellow youth internationals (Craig Cathcart, Conor Devlin, Corry Evans, Joe Dudgeon and Oliver Norwood) and an ideal role model in the form of countryman and fellow defender Jonny Evans. “Definitely someone to look up to“, McCullough says of the Reds first-teamer. “It’s a great achievement for somebody from Northern Ireland to be a regular at Manchester United.”
McCullough won’t be the only new recruit heading across the Irish Sea this summer, with 16 year-old Donegal goalkeeper Joe Coll having signed scholarship forms back in March. Four United schoolboys are also thought to have been taken on as scholars, with U16 captain Luke Hendrie and England youth defender Tyler Blackett likely to be among that number.
LUKE MCCULLOUGH FACTFILE
Date of birth: 15.2.94
Place of birth: Portadown, Northern Ireland
International Honours: Northern Ireland U17 captain
Previous Clubs/Teams: Dungannon Swifts, County Armagh, Portadown College
Awards: 2009 Bertie Peacock Award Winner for Best County Player at the Northern Ireland Milk Cup