‘Super talent’ – Aston Villa to complete first summer signing


Aston Villa are ready to add young Northern Ireland’s Caolan McBride to their ranks next month. The 17-year-old Glentoran midfielder will now trade Belfast to Birmingham to link himself with Villa on a three-year contract.

The news was confirmed by former Villa midfielder Rory Hale, who put McBride to the test with a one-on-one coach during the football suspension.

On Friday, Hale said: “Great to have young Caolan McBride for a session today. Caolan will be put to the test for the next few weeks as he builds his fitness and sharpness before he makes his move to Aston Villa to sign a three-year contract next month! Super talent! »

Rory Hale and the imminent arrival of Aston Villa Caolan McBride (right)

The Northern Ireland Under-17 International mcBride is expected to team up with Villa’s youth teams, but the first-team’s chances for youth are not uncommon at Bodymoor Heath these days.

Dean Smith has handed out several of Villa’s talented teenagers the chance to step up at senior level and recently called 16-year-old Louie Barry to the squad before the Premier League restart.

McBride has been involved with Glentoran’s first team in the last 12 months and Villa are believed to have been following up for some time.

Glentoran’s website describes McBride as “a creative and classy central midfielder who can open defenses with his passing and running ability.”

Glentoran U20 manager David Lowry said: “Caolan has been at Glentoran for a long time and has been very successful in the U20 configuration this season.

“It has grown in stature and matured as the season has progressed and emerged as an important player. He has a superb ability to run with the ball at his feet in crowded areas.

“It provides an X-factor in any team.”


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