Former member of John Mitchels GAA is tipped for a high-flying football career

Callum O’Hare

Callum O’Hare

A former member of Birmingham-based Gaelic football club John Mitchels is being tipped for a high-flying football career after signing a professional contract with Aston Villa.

Callum O’Hare has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with the Premier League club.

It is the young forward’s first professional contract with the club and takes him up to June 2018.

It comes as the ‘Young Lion’ continues to make a name for himself as one of the stars of the club’s U18 side.

Solihull-born Callum, who joined Villa at the age of seven, has progressed all the way through the development groups at Bodymoor Heath.

And he started 2015/16 for the academy side with a bang – netting six goals in their opening 10 league fixtures – and now has nine for the campaign to date, including one in the recent win over Swansea.

Callum isn’t just about scoring goals either – he has five assists for the academy side too.

He has also captained Ben Petty’s side in a number of matches.

A young Callum O'Hare, pictured first left, in 2006. Callum was playing for Binbrook U8s, who at the time had seven academy players in their ranks. Other players were also part of the Aston Villa academy with others at the Birmingham City and Coventry City academies

A young Callum O’Hare, pictured first left, in 2006. Callum was playing for Binbrook U8s, who at the time had seven academy players in their ranks. Other players were also part of the Aston Villa academy with others at the Birmingham City and Coventry City academies

Coach Petty said: “Callum has shown tremendous progress this season.

“It is always nice to see one of our boys come through the academy system like he has being with us since he was seven.

“He has an infectious character, has a fantastic work ethic and this season has added goals to his game which has been a huge positive.

“We hope that Callum can now push on with his development and secure a place in our U21s during the second half of the season.”

Announcing the news of Callum signing professional papers on John Mitchels’ Facebook page, Michael Waldron-Healy said: “Former underage John Mitchels and Warwickshire player Callum O’Hare has signed his first professional contract with Aston Villa! Well done lad!!!”

Martin Bully-Gallagher added: “Great lad Callum” and Kevin McGinnity said: “Great stuff Cal!!”
On Aston Villa’s Facebook page fans asked how he might shape-up as a goalscorer and the club replied: “Callum’s currently the top scorer for our U18 team with eight goals from 18 appearances. He’s got a long way to go but he certainly has potential as a goalscorer.”