SOLIHULL Moors have announced the signing of former Manchester United youth player Callum Whelan on a one-year contract.
The 23-year-old midfielder has spent the last few weeks on trial with Moors, playing in three pre-season friendlies and scoring in his first appearance for the club at Brackley Town.
Whelan began his career at Manchester United and spent a total of 12 years at Old Trafford, which included a brief loan spell with Port Vale.
Whelan said: “I’ve loved every day so far, it’s been good. The lads and staff welcomed me, and I settled in pretty quick – I’m delighted to sign a contract and looking forward to the season.
“I wanted to sign a contract, I wanted to be here. I’d heard a lot about the club before I came on trial.
“It’s taken a lot of hard work over the summer – a lot of individual work, gym work and running. I was just buzzing to get in a team environment and luckily enough the gaffer wanted to sign me.”
Manager Neal Ardley added: “Callum has trained and played with us for three weeks now and impressed us with his technical abilities and clever play – a feature we like our midfielders to have.
“We will work to develop his game into the mould of how our engine room operates and we hope he will become an astute signing.”
After departing the Red Devils in 2019, Whelan signed for Watford and made his professional debut as a substitute in the fourth round of the FA Cup in January 2020.
The midfielder was snapped up by Oldham Athletic following a short trial period in August 2020 and went on to make over 70 appearances for the Latics, scoring his first career goal in March this year.