Elder goes from fox to stag

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It’s been reported over this last week that former Socceroo Mark Schwarzer has joined Leicester City on an 18 month deal in which could signify the final chapter for the 42 year old in his legendary playing career. At the same time, Callum Elder an Aussie left back for Leicester’s development squad, has departed the club albeit temporarily to join League Two side Mansfield Town.

“He’s someone I’ve had my eye on for a long time now,” Mansfield Town’s manager Adam Murray told UK media.

“I’ve watched him over the last couple of years playing for Leicester’s Under-21 group, and the standard of that is high.

“Leicester have got one of the strongest sides around the Midlands at Under-21 level.

“To people in football, at that level, Callum is known as possibly the best left-back in that region.

“They’re in the Champions League now so are playing top teams around the world and are beating them.”

The loan is initially only a one-month deal but if the Aussie youth international impresses it could be extended. Elder is sure to be given the chance considering the effusive praise from the Stag’s boss of his ability, the mention of the League Two side lacking a genuine left back, and Mansfield languishing just above the drop zone in nineteenth would suggest a change in the lineup is needed.

“For us to grab him is a massive coup for us and I’m over the moon,” continued Murray.

“We hadn’t got a left-back in the club, so it was a major thing for us to get the right one.

“Callum has got a wonderful left foot, he’s energetic, he’s young, he’s hungry and he wants to show everyone how good he is.

“It’s a chance for us to get a really good player in a position we’ve been lacking.”

The native of Sydney took to Twitter to express his excitement of “experiencing league football.” At 19 years of age – Elder who last played for Australia in the AFC U19 Championship Qualifiers in Malaysia back in October 2013 – will be hoping this will be the start of his own legendary career.

Adam Howard

Adam is one of the founders of Football Central and the creator of OSAussies.com.  He has followed the career paths of Australian footballers playing in leagues all over the world.  Born in Adelaide and currently residing in Hiroshima, Adam brings a unique perspective to Australian football.  He is an ardent supporter of Australia's domestic competition and national team.

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