Doncaster boss Wellens thrilled to sign Manchester United’s Ethan Galbraith on loan

Ethan Galbraith has become the latest player to leave Manchester United on loan.

The 20-year-old midfielder has joined Doncaster Rovers on a season-long deal.

Galbraith joined United in 2017 from Linfield and made his first team debut in November 2019 in the Europa League match against Astana.

He also has two caps for Northern Ireland, and was compared to Andreas Iniesta on international duty in June 2020.

New manager thrilled

Doncaster boss Richie Wellens is clearly thrilled to get the deal over the line as he told the club website: “I’m delighted, we’ve secured a top footballer.

“He’s played in the under 23s for a couple of years and needs the opportunity to play first-team football.

“I think in terms of ability he has every chance of being a top player, I’m looking forward to seeing how he adapts to the physicality of this level.

“The opportunity came to get him in and when a player like Ethan becomes available we couldn’t miss out.”

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Wellens loans from United again

Wellens has United connections, having come through the ranks at Old Trafford in the late 1990s and it’s not the first time he’s borrowed a young Red Devil.

Last season, he took goalkeeper Matej Kovar on loan at Swindon Town.

Then in November, he was appointed manager of Salford City, who are of course owned by six members of the Class of ’92.

During his time there, he loaned in Di’Shon Bernard and that move laid the foundation for his current move to the Championship with Hull.

Galbraith will hope the loan exit is the springboard his career needs having played 71 academy games for United.

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