Callan McKenna heads to AFC Bournemouth

Queen’s Park have agreed a Transfer Deal with AFC Bournemouth that will see highly-rated teenage goalkeeper Callan McKenna move to the English Premiership.

Callan has been with The Spiders since the age of 12 and his progression during his time at the club has been remarkable, as he was in goal for first game of this season against East Fife and kept a clean sheet in a Viaplay Cup tie aged just 16.

A further eight first team appearances have been made since then with Callan attracting head-lines when he not only kept out Arbroath in a 1-0 Championship success at Gayfield, but he also showed nerves of steel as he carried out a ‘Cruyff’ turn on his own goal-line to take the ball away from an advancing attacker.

As well as playing for Queen’s Park, Callan has picked up Scotland under-17 and under-19 honours and he heads south with the best wishes of everyone at the club.

Head Coach Callum Davidson said: “I have only been at the club for a short time however I could see in training the quality that Callan has and the potential that he possesses. Having picked up first team experience at sixteen as a goalkeeper will have been good for him and he is the perfect example of what is possible at Queen’s Park in terms of being a young player, learning the game and using the platform the club provides to attract interest from huge clubs.

“A lot of credit must go to our Goalkeeping coach Glen Johnson who has worked well with Callan and helped him reach of some of the potential he has. I am looking forward to seeing him reach the rest of his potential at Bournemouth and know that it will be a proud day for Queen’s Park when he pulls on one of their tops for the first time in their first team.”

Club President Graeme Shields said: “It is a tremendous achievement for Callan to sign for Bournemouth and an English Premier League Club. It’s a great opportunity to develop his career at the highest level. I wish him all the best. If you sign for Queen’s Park as a youngster, have talent and work hard, then you will be rewarded.”

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