McElroy can shine with Owls, says Academy boss Ramsdale

Paul McElroy is being backed to impress after moving to Sheffield Wednesday from Hull City
Paul McElroy is being backed to impress after moving to Sheffield Wednesday from Hull City

Owls academy manager Dean Ramsdale has backed Northern Ireland Under-21 international Paul McElroy to make an impact at Hillsborough.

The 19-year-old, a free agent following his release by Hull City, became the fourth player to join Sheffield Wednesday’s development squad earlier this week.

The Championship club have already recruited Matt Young, Ed Sanders and Ryan Croasdale this summer.

Wednesday decided to offer the winger a one-year deal after he impressed in two trial matches at the end of last season.

Although McElroy failed to make a single first-team appearance for the Tigers, Ramsdale is convinced the Owls can help him reignite his career.

“We looked at where we were light and Paul fit the bill,” Ramsdale told The Star.

“He’s got good pedigree, having been at a top Premier League club.

“He did really well in the trial games.

“I spoke to the Under-21s boss Lee Bullen and we decided that we would take Paul for a year.

“It is no risk for us. We have taken him on what we have seen. It gives him the opportunity to further his career.

“If Paul and the others do really well, it will be great for the club. If they don’t make the grade, we have not lost a great deal.”

Ramsdale (right) has outlined the qualities McElroy will bring to the side.

“Paul is a hard working player who can play at left-back or on the left wing,” he said.

“He has got great delivery from set pieces and can go past people.

“He has got good attributes and gives us nice balance on the left hand side.

“Stuart [Gray] will have a look at him and the other younger players in training.

“The opportunity is there for Paul to keep progressing and to catch Stuart’s eye in pre-season. It is there for everybody to push on.”

McElroy says his preferred position is left wing but he is happy, if required, to fill in at left-back.

“I want to get a good pre-season under the belt now and my aim is to play in the first team for Wednesday,” said the Ulsterman.