By Full Contact News and Views
Full Contact client Callum Chettle has completed a transfer from Ilkeston FC to National League North club Nuneaton Town.
Callum, 18, has turned down opportunities to move to a Football League club through a desire to continue his footballing education at senior first-team level. After Nuneaton Town, managed by Callum’s former management team at Ilkeston, agreed a transfer fee with the Derbyshire club Callum decided to sign for the Boro. The England C international has put to pen today on a two year contract.
Lee Payne, Head of Football at Full Contact, explained “This is probably one of the more unusual transfers that will take place this summer. It was well reported that due to Callum’s strong performances over the last two years at Ilkeston – where he has amassed in the region of 100 first team games of football before he turns 19 – he has had a lot of admirers in the Football League. Callum has spent some time at one or two clubs this summer but he has felt that his long-term aim of becoming a successful midfield player in the Football League is better served by continuing to play first-team football, as opposed to Under 21 football. When he became aware that Nuneaton were able to meet Ilkeston’s valuation for him, he was keen to rejoin the management team he played under at Ilkeston and continue his education in non-league, albeit this time a division higher. He deserves a lot of credit for making what on the face of it is a very brave decision; Callum believes in what non-league can do for his career and this decision also leaves open the door for further England C honours. It is very difficult for a 18 year old central midfielder to force his way into the first team of a Football League club but we have no doubt Callum will make that jump, but maybe aged 19, 20 or so.”
We wish Callum and Nuneaton Town all the best for the coming season.
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