Morecambe Football Club is pleased to announce the signing of midfielder Alfie McCalmont from Leeds United on a season-long loan.
The 21-year-old Northern Irish international spent last campaign on loan at Sky Bet League Two side Oldham Athletic, scoring 10 goals in 39 appearances for the Latics.
After impressing at Boundary Park, he was rewarded with an international call-up by manager Ian Baraclough for fixtures against Malta and Ukraine last month.
McCalmont, who started his Elland Road career at the age of nine, believes the Mazuma move falls at the perfect time.
“I’m delighted to be here, interest has been there for a while and it’s been going back and forth between the clubs, I’m just happy to get it over and done with, and I just can’t wait to get started,” he said.
“I had a good season [at Oldham], played a lot of games, scored a few goals and then I just thought this opportunity to go up to League One with Morecambe was the right step for me and I’m just happy to be here.
“I knew the gaffer because of the Northern Ireland connection, I’ve been up last week to have a conversation and see the training ground, the stadium and just see what the plan was and how it’d suit me.
“After hearing that, I thought straight away that’s for me, and I just wanted to get the deal done as soon as possible.
Speaking of what he can bring to the Shrimps’ squad, he added: “I can either play holding or more attacking [midfield].
“At Leeds, I was more of a holding midfielder to link the play. Last season at Oldham, I played more further forward, and I ended up getting 10 goals so hopefully I can keep that going into next season and keep firing the goals in.”
Shrimps boss Stephen Robinson said: “I’m really excited about the signing, he’s a fantastic addition to the squad.
“He proved his quality on loan last season at Oldham, he gets goals from midfield and is a full Northern Ireland international which further highlights his quality.
“We’re excited to get him out on the training ground and get going ahead of Worcester next week.”