ARTIGARVAN teenager, Dylan King, is thoroughly enjoying his move north of the border after sealing a summer switch from English League One side Oldham Athletic to Scottish Premier League outfit, Motherwell.
The 18-year-old has followed his former Boundary Park manager, Stephen Robinson to Fir Park where he has also been reunited with his ex-Northern Ireland under-19 boss, Stephen Craigan, whom he will play under for his new club’s under-20 side.
After Robinson’s departure from Oldham, King discovered he wasn’t going to be offered a new deal at the League One outfit, but luckily for him his old boss was waiting in the wings.
“After he [Robinson] left Oldham a decision was made and he found out I wasn’t signing so invited me up for a trial and then made the decision to sign me,” explained Dylan.
And the talented centre-back is hoping to follow in the footsteps of another former Tyrone Super Cup NI player, Omagh’s Ben Hall, who progressed from the underage ranks to the first team with Motherwell before landing a move to newly promoted English Premier League side, Brighton and Hove Albion.
Initially, though, King is delighted to have sealed the move, is enjoying life in Scotland and is looking forward to impressing for the under-20s before staking a claim for a place in Robinson’s first team squad.
“I’m hoping to have a good couple of months with the under-20s and you never know, with injuries to players in the first team, I’ll hopefully be knocking on the door there and get a chance,” he explained.
“Ben Hall was here for three years, got his chance and took it, so hopefully I can do something similar.
“I have to be patient though and can’t expect too much as I’m only 18 and going from the under-18s you notice, even in training, there’s more intensity, it’s sharper and there’s that bit more of an edge to it.
“The standard and intensity of training has gone up, but I’m enjoying it and I’m enjoying Scotland. I’ve settled in very well, the boys have been good to me and I’m sharing a flat with a lad from Dungannon, Shea Gordon, which is good,” he concluded.
Before he has any chance of breaking into Robinson’s top flight squad, Dylan is hoping to cement himself a place in the under-20s.
Posted: 11:52 am August 15, 2017