City have been linked with a move for Glentoran winger Aaron Wightman, but his manager, Rodney McAree, has stated he feels a move for the youngster this summer might be too soon.
The Northern Ireland Under-19 international has already been tipped to make it in the English game by Rodney McAree, and it seems he has no shortage of potential suitors. Leicester watched him as Glentoran beat Glenavon 5-0 in the play-off semi-final, and more scouts were doubtless present as his side overcame Cliftonville in the final to secure European football. As ell as us and Leicester, Stoke City are also interested, whilst Brighton has also been mentioned as a possible destination.,
As for us, it’s believed Jez George watched him the previous week, possibly during their 2-1 win against Crusaders on April 29th. However, the glut of interest might be flattering, but McAree doesn’t believe a move would be in the player’s best interest right now.
Congratulations Aaron 👏👏
We are delighted to announce that #GFC Academy graduate Aaron Wightman has signed his first professional contract.
— Glentoran FC (@Glentoran) March 22, 2021
“Aaron has been patient and has done extremely well. He has waited for his opportunity and has grabbed it with both hands. Whether the time is right for Aaron to go across the water, I’m not sure,” said McAree, who saw the player start the season on the fringes of the first team, but force his way into contention.
“Again, if he gets the opportunity and it is right for the club, we will do everything that is right for Aaron. Being selfish and honest, I think it may be a year too soon for Aaron. If he gets another full season playing Irish League football, it will stand to him and I’m sure he will get plenty of offers in the future.”
Wightman is a versatile right-sided midfielder, comfortable on the wing, and has made 20 top-flight appearances for his club, as well as appearing in five of the post-split matches. He is currently a teammate of former Imps attacker Shay McCartan and has progressed quickly, having signed his first professional deal in March 2021.