Callum Slattery has departed Southampton to sign for Scottish Premiership’s Motherwell on a permanent transfer for an undisclosed fee.
Slattery graduated through Southampton’s Academy with his breakthrough into the first-team coming in 2018-19 season, as he made five appearances in all competitions with his first start coming in a 2-2 draw against Derby County in Third Round of FA Cup before the Saints lost the replay on penalties.
In each of the last two seasons, Slattery failed to make further appearances as he instead enjoyed loan spells away at Eerste Divisie’s De Graafschap in Netherlands and League One’s Gillingham, with his first-ever league goal coming at the Dutch club.
The 22 year-old also represented Southampton in the EFL Trophy in each of the last five seasons for the Under-21 team, scoring four goals in ten appearances as the team’s best run came in 2016-17 campaign when they lost to Reading U21s in the Second Round on penalties after a 1-1 draw.
Speaking on the decision to sign Slattery on a three-year contract, Motherwell manager, Graham Alexander admitted to feeling “delighted” to have signed the youngster who he believes has “so much potential and we believe he’ll add real quality to our midfield.”
Noting Slattery’s limited run of just three Premier League appearances for the Saints, Alexander isn’t fazed and instead believes that Slattery ” can be a real asset for us on the pitch.”
Motherwell also confirmed that Slattery will wear the number 16 shirt this season and is set to be available for their final group match of Premier Sports Cup Annan Athletic this afternoon (24 July), subject to international clearance.
Southampton meanwhile paid tribute to Slattery for his ‘hard work and dedication’ throughout his time at the club and ‘wish him all the best for the future.’
Slattery also has been capped at international youth level for England, having made 15 appearances in total across the Under 17,18 and 19 squads between 2014-17 despite failing to score any international goals.