Manchester United confirm Ethan Galbraith has signed a professional contract. The highly-rated midfielder has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Red Devils and has instead featured heavily in the u18s – 14 appearances, one goal, one assist.
Galbraith’s professional deal is reward for an impressive season in 2017/18 and the 17-year-old is delighted to win the faith of the club. He said: “It’s a proud moment for me and my family. Growing up as a young kid, obviously I always wanted to play football – especially for the biggest club in the world as well”.
United’s u18 side won the Premier League North title last season with 48 points from 22 games, suffering just four defeats for their troubles. The Red Devils finished six points clear of rivals Manchester City who they beat 2-1 in their penultimate game to seal the crown – Galbraith scored a screamer in the game.
The midfielder added: “I’m very proud and just want to push on from here. It’s been a great year. We won the league but, obviously, that’s a bonus. I just struck it well against City. I didn’t know what to do when I was celebrating because it was my first goal for the club as well, but it was very exciting.”
The Northern Ireland u17 international, who is awaiting his first appearance, signed from Linfield last summer and says he’s “settled in well with the family I’ve moved in with and it’s all been great”. While first-team football is a long way down the road, Galbraith can take confidence from Scott McTominay’s rise to prominence.
Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford are further proof that there is a clear pathway for United youngsters to make the senior squad, but Galbraith has a lot of hard work ahead of him to follow in their footsteps.