Jimmy Callacher completes dream move to Linfield

Jimmy Callacher
Jimmy Callacher

Jimmy Callacher admits he “can’t wait to get started” after finally completing his move to Linfield.

Callacher joined up with his new teammates after Glentoran accepted an improved offer - believed to be in the region of £10,000 - from the Blues.

The 22-year-old signed a pre-contract with Linfield earlier this month ahead of his expected transfer in the summer.

But yesterday a deal between the clubs was finally agreed - paving the way for the player’s move to Windsor Park.

“I’m absolutely delighted to be joining Linfield today, and I just want to thank everybody at both clubs who made this possible.

“I’m just very glad and relieved that the move has now all been resolved to everybody’s satisfaction,” Callacher told Linfield’s official website.

He added: “I just can’t wait to get started. I’m looking forward to meeting all the boys here at training tonight and on Thursday and I’d love to get a game at the weekend with the reserves.

“I just want to get back playing again because as a player that’s all you want to do.”

Callacher insists he is relishing the fight for places at Windsor Park.

“There’s going to be massive competition for places here. There are no bad players at Linfield.

“The 11 players who aren’t on the Linfield team sheet on any given Saturday would make up another good Irish League team.

“That’s the challenge and it’s a challenge I’m really looking forward to.

“In the last two years or so I’ve played mainly in the centre of defence so while that would be my preference, I’d be more than happy to play wherever the manager wanted me to play for the team as it’s the needs of the team that have to always come first.”

Callacher was jettisoned by Glentoran last month after informing the club of his wish to join Linfield.

Blues boss David Jeffrey was then forced to apologise after being caught on camera appearing to mock the Glens over the transfer target.

Glentoran would have been due a player development fee if Callacher’s move had been delayed to the summer.

But vice-chairman Stephen Henderson believes yesterday’s deal suits all parties involved.

“The fee meets the valuation Glentoran had on the player, so we are pleased that everything has been finalised,” the Oval official said.

“We are obviously disappointed to lose a player of Jimmy’s quality, but we would wish him every happiness in the future.”

Henderson insists funds from Callacher’s sale will be made available to manager Eddie Patterson to bolster his squad.

“We have made funds available for Eddie, if he identifies any player he wants to bring in,” Henderson added.

“There are a number of players Eddie is looking at in training, and they are all free agents.

“So hopefully something can be done.

“We have also recalled Stevie Gordon from Ards, so he will resume training with the squad on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, Ards have signed former Linfield and Cliftonville midfielder Conor Downey to the end of the season

Niall Currie’s basement battlers have also agreed a deal to sign DC defender Mark Burns.