Aston Villa Academy graduate Callum O’Hare headed out for a taste of life in League Two back at the end of the January transfer window and his destination was Carlisle United.
It was the 20-year-old’s first spell away from the club but he did of course have a small taste of senior football with five domestic Cup appearances for us, and four substitute showings in the Championship.
Given how highly rated the youngster is, plenty of fans were relishing the opportunity to see him in real action for a more sustained period, and his spell has gone well at Brunton Park, making eleven starting appearances and he’s now returned two goals – the last of which coming last weekend as he helped them to a 3-2 victory over Bury.
Carlisle manager Steven Pressley has been speaking about the lads development and growth during his few months with them this week and it makes for very positive reading.
‘He’s made a terrific impact.’
Carlisle United manager Steven Pressley on @AVFCOfficial loanee Callum O’Hare.
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— BBC Cumbria Sport (@bbccumbriasport) April 10, 2019
“He’s made a terrific impact. I was chatting to the kid yesterday myself and I was talking to him about fitness because one of the most significant aspects a manager can give his players is the fitness and giving them the ability to carry out everything that is asked of them. Now when he arrived he actually struggled after about 55-60 minutes of games, to carry out everything that we’d ask of him. But week by week he has grown, week by week he’s got fitter and fitter with the demands of first team football. Now we are beginning to see a really, really good young player in Callum. And a big part of that is that he is now able to do the things that we ask him. So when he receives the ball he still has that fitness, to make the right decision, to make the right pass. That’s why we are seeing improved performances.”
“He’s a credit to him, a credit to the club, not just through his performances but by his attitude on the training ground. If you speak to anyone at the club, he’s a smashing lad around the club, there’s no big time about him. He’s everything you could want in a loan player and we are really pleased to have him this year. We would like to have him back next season if that’s possible, but if that’s not the case, that’s only been down to the fact he’s been a real success story.”
Let’s hope their loss is our gain.