McCartan is much like Nicke Kabamba, in that I keep talking about him, but I think he’d be a great addition to our squad.
He switched Accrington for Bradford for £200,000 in June 2017, but struggled to settle at Valley Parade and started just 13 times last season, scoring four.
He’s not a big lad, under 6ft, but he’s earned international honours for Northern Ireland and was seen as the next ‘big thing’ after finally breaking through at Accrington. He hasn’t had a great scoring record, 10 in 39 in his last Accrington season and just four in 19 for Bradford. That doesn’t mean he isn’t a good player though and at 24 he’s come to an age where it is now or never. The recent change of manager at Bradford might lead to an increased opportunity in the side, or it could mean a cut-price move away and back into League Two. Looking at his current transfer policy, the latter is more likely.
In my time working for FLW I’ve seen a lot of football, lots of clips and heard a lot of reports on players and McCartan’s goal return doesn’t do him justice as a player. He’s a real live wire, stocky and strong with good ball retention and pace. He’s also a dead ball specialist, hitting six free kicks in one season during his time at Accrington.