Reds sign McFadzean from Kilmarnock
Friday Mar 17, 2017
The Reds are delighted to announce the signing of Callum McFadzean from Scottish Premiership side Kilmarnock.
Callum joins the Reds until the end of the season and Russ O'Neill brings Callum into the side mainly to operate in the midfield.
Born in Sheffield, he came through the ranks at his home-town club, has also represented England at under-16 level, but has since opted to play for Scotland at under-21 level. He has had loan spells with Chesterfield and Burton Albion before having a short spell with Stevenage last season.
A product of Sheffield United's Academy McFadzean was a member of the team that reached the final of the FA Youth Cup in 2011, scoring in the first leg of the final against Manchester United. He was eventually promoted to the senior squad and made his professional début in the first game of the 2012–13 season, a League Cup tie against Burton Albion.
McFadzean made his first start for the Blades in the Johnstones Paint Trophy against Coventry City at the Ricoh Arena. After a number of first-team starts at the tail end of the season, McFadzean came off the bench to score the winning goal in the first leg of United's play-off semi-final against Yeovil Town. Following his successful end to the season McFadzean had had his contract with the Blades extended in June 2013.
Following the arrival of new United manager Nigel Clough, McFadzean joined Chesterfield in November 2013 on a short-term loan. McFadzean returned to his parent club in January 2014 after making five appearances for Chesterfield. In March 2014, McFadzean joined League Two side Burton Albion on an initial one-month loan. McFadzean remained with Burton for the remainder of the season, scoring one goal and making ten appearances for his temporary employers, including playing in Burton's unsuccessful appearance in the play-off final at Wembley.
In July 2014, McFadzean rejoined Burton Albion on a six-month loan deal but two months of his spell was on the sidelines with injury after breaking his fifth metatarsal bone in a match against Cambridge United.
November 2015 saw McFadzean join Stevenage on a one-month loan before the end of the 2015–16 season saw Callum released by Sheffield United. But in June, McFadzean signed for Scottish Premiership club Kilmarnock where he has made four appearances.
Callum is the younger brother of former Red and current Burton Albion defender Kyle McFadzean who played for Alfreton between 2007-2010.
Callum may be involved in tomorrow's league encounter with FC United of Manchester subject to confirmation of international clearance.