You’re thinking where did you hear the name, right? You heard it here first probably. Or here.
So who is the player we’ve blagged on a season-long loan from Bradford City? Twelve months ago he was hot property, but a tough season at valley Parade has left him surplus to requirements.
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. Luton and Accrington were amongst nine clubs to express solid interest in him in the transfer window and I wouldn’t mind sticking a tenner on it we were amongst the other seven. He stayed put though, eager to work his way into Simon Grayson’s plans. He failed and now he’s been loaned out by Michael Collins.
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 change of manager at Bradford has led to a mass of incomings and outgoings and I’ve no doubt Danny is delighted to secure his man, the elusive ‘fourth man’ we lacked last season. Interestingly, McCartan won’t be here to sit on the bench, he’ll increase pressure on Matt Green. Danny only signs players who improve our current offering, don’t forget that.
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.
You might not have heard of McCartan, but this is a big move by the club. He looked destined for a much bigger future when he left Accrington and with two years left of his deal, he could still have a big future there. His immediate future is in red and white, which is of immense benefit to us.
Welcome Shay, you’ll like it here. We’re good people.
A SW poll earlier this month asked which of a collection of six players you’d most like to see sign for City. McCartan topped that list. Danny must have listened!
Of the players I've covered, which would you prefer to see at Sincil Bank?
- Shay McCartan (36%, 66 Votes)
- Matty Kennedy (17%, 31 Votes)
- Greg Luer (17%, 31 Votes)
- Alfie Potter (15%, 27 Votes)
- Luke Williams (9%, 16 Votes)
- James Roberts (8%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 185