Former Manchester United man wanted by Newcastle United signs two-year deal at new club

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The midfielder was linked with Newcastle United following his release from Manchester United.

Ethan Galbraith has joined League One side Leyton Orient following his release from Manchester United.

As reported by our sister title ManchesterWorld, Newcastle United were interested in signing the Northern Irishman with the view to loaning him out for the 2023-24 season.

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However, the 21-year-old made it known his preference was to seek regular first-team football and has opted to sign a two-year contract with the recently promoted O’s.

Ethan Galbraith is leaving Manchester United.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)Ethan Galbraith is leaving Manchester United.  (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)
Ethan Galbraith is leaving Manchester United. (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images) | Manchester United via Getty Imag

Championship clubs Stoke City and Sunderland, plus League One outfit Derby County were also said to be monitoring the midfielder’s situation.

“From playing against Leyton Orient last season, I got a good feel for the side here, and the style of football,” said Galbraith.

“Richie was a big factor, I know how he likes to play, and how he wants to get the best out of his players, so it was a great fit.”

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Galbraith joined Man United from Linfield aged 15 and progressed through the youth ranks. His only senior appearance to date came off the bench in a 2-1 Europa League loss to Astana in November 2019.

The midfielder spent the 2022-23 season on loan at League Two side Salford City, where he has scored four times in 38 appearances. The player also spent the 2021/22 campaign on loan at Doncaster Rovers, where he made 36 appearances.

After his departure from Old Trafford was announced, Galbraith posted a heartfelt message.

“After 6 years, my time has come to an end with this magnificent club @manchesterunited,” Galbraith posted on Instagram. “I want to thank the club , coaching staff & players for helping me become a better player, a better person and for making me feel at home.

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“My earliest ambition as a boy was to become a professional footballer and I’m forever grateful to the club for giving me the opportunity and support to fulfill that dream. It’s been a privilege & I feel very fortunate to have been able to represent the club.

“I step into the next chapter of my career a more mature well-rounded person and I’m excited for what’s next...”

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