Super Sam is Premier League bound

Herne Bay Local lad Sam McCallum, who started his career here as a youngster at Herne Bay Youth FC, has completed a mighty rise up the league tables and is now officially owned by a Premier League club.

In January, Sam was subject to a £3 million deal that saw his allegiance colour-shift from light blue to yellow and green as he completed a move from Coventry City to Norwich City, however as part of the deal he remains at Coventry for the rest of the season. So, you won’t be seeing Sam on Match Of The Day just yet but if his career continues to progress as it has started then soon enough the nation of football fans will become very familiar with the name Sam McCallum.

Herne Bay Football Club’s website wrote an article about the left back’s rise, documenting all the key stats of his career which is still in its infancy. Along with those are quotes from Coventry City manager Mark Robins & Sam’s father, Jon Warden.

Coventry City manager Mark Robins said: “Sam is a player with great ability and potential in the game, and there has been much interest in him this season. To us, it was unfortunately a case of ‘when’ not ‘if’ Sam would leave, such was the level and nature of the interest. We rejected an offer earlier this week for him, but Norwich have now made a substantial bid that we have accepted. As part of the deal, Sam will return on loan to us for the rest of the season and we look forward to continuing to work with him and have no doubt he will be an important and positive influence in the rest of the campaign.”

McCallum’s father, Jon Warden, said he realised his son had a special talent when he was aged just four. “Sam hit a half-volley right into my hands. I thought then that was very unusual.

“He struck it so well and his timing was spot on. We’re pinching ourselves because he’s always said he’s wanted to be a footballer and lo and behold he is one now. He’s realised that dream.”

Warden, who was with Herne Bay for many seasons, as a player and coach, is himself a Wembley winner, having been in the Deal Town squad that won the FA Vase in 2000.

Herne Bay Football Club are aiming for the play-offs and are realistically in with a shot, the club has an aura of positivity and hope, unrecognisable if you were to compare it this time last year.

So what are you waiting for? Get down to The Kent Vehicles Stadium and cheer on the team and who knows, you might even be watching future premier league stars.

Well done Sam McCallum – Your home town and HBYFC are extremely proud of you.


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