Motherwell midfielder Callum Slattery says his Fir Park career has started at ‘100 miles an hour’ after joining from English Premiership club Southampton.
The 22-year-old arrived in Motherwell last month and debuted in the Premier Sports Cup against Annan Athletic, just hours after officially signing from Southampton. He has started Motherwell’s two Scottish Premiership games since and played 90 minutes in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with St Johnstone.
As Covid-19 restrictions ease in Scotland, Slattery says the move from Southampton has been comfortable, even with a hectic beginning: “It has been a very quick start, all 100 miles an hour. I got up here, went straight into training, and straight into the games, which was full-on. It has been quite easy.
“I had a couple of weeks worth of training at Southampton. I didn’t have any games, but a couple of weeks of training and then I headed straight up here. I hope the manager has seen something in me, but it’s good just to be up here, be involved, and go straight into the games.
“With the restrictions lifted a bit it has been a bit easier, and having a few lads help me settle in – and being in the same situation as me – has made it a lot easier. As time goes by it can only get better for myself and the team.
“I’d like to say I’ve come in just shy of full fitness, but as the weeks go on I feel like I’m going to get fitter and fitter. There are a few lads who are in the same situation as me. I’m quite new to the team, but the lads that were here last season and the experienced lads have made it very easy, and I think we’ve gelled quite quickly as a team.”
Slattery has had plenty of experiences in football, despite only turning 22 this year. He’s made his Premier League debut for Southampton while he’s also spent time in the Netherlands with De Graafschap. The midfielder had a loan spell at League One Gillingham last season, so he’s no stranger to moving away from home.
But a three-year commitment to Motherwell is the biggest step yet. Ahead of today’s Premier Sports Cup last 16 tie with Dundee, Slattery said: “I think that will help a lot; going away at a young age like that helps you for the future, really. I’m used to being away, whether it be family, friends or teammates that I’m used to.
“I’ve had a taste of that early on so I can settle in quite quickly. Settling down at Motherwell would be massive. I feel like two years ago I wasn’t really mature in a way that I’d like to be, but two years down the line I feel much more matured, ready for first-team football and to stamp my mark.”
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