Club NI’s Callum Ferris has signed a three-year deal with Championship club Middlesbrough.
The 16-year old penned a contract which covers a two-year scholarship and a one-year pro agreement. The contract begins next summer however he did spend the past week on Weirside and made a dream debut for the club, netting twice on his first game for Boro, against Bradford.
“I really enjoyed it, it was a great week’, he says. ‘The professionalism was a big change and it was just great to spend time training with really talented players. I was really pleased to have scored on my debut. I also played against Rotherham later in the week (Middlesbrough won 6-1) and that game went well for me too.’
Callum came through Club NI and is part of the Northern Ireland Under 17 set up. He credits his Irish FA coaches as having had a positive impact on his career.
He says: ‘I have been part of Club Ni for four years. I would have been coached a lot by Declan Devine and in recent months was managed by Stephen Frail. We spent a lot of time working on my hold up play, my positioning and my finishing. Being part of the programme has definitely improved me as a player.’
Callum will play for Northern Ireland in the Super Cup this week before heading to Iceland with his country to play in the Nordic Cup.