Lochgilphead Red Star defender signs for Scandinavian football team

Kyle, left, signing his contract with Ytterhogdals IK manager Tony McNally.

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Lochgilphead Red Star defender Kyle Selfridge has been signed by Scandinavian football team Ytterhogdals IK.

The Swedish club competes in Division 2 Norrland, the fourth tier of Swedish football.

Kyle was encouraged to take part in trials at Shettleston recently and following the try-outs was taken to one side and told on the day they would like to sign him.

Starting his footballing career aged eight, as a member of Lochgilphead Soccer Centre, the 21-year-old has grown as a player over the years playing for Oban Saints Youths, signing with Dumbarton FC aged 13, returning home to play for Tarbert before Ardencaple and, for the past three seasons, playing for Lochgilphead Red Star.

Colin Weir, player/manager of Lochgilphead Red Star, wished the defender all the best and said: ‘Kyle has been almost an ever present for the team throughout the past few years and was an important part of the team which won the Premier Two Championship in 2018.

‘We will miss Kyle on the pitch but wish him all the best with his move and are sure he’ll make the most of this fantastic opportunity.’

Travelling to Edinburgh to sign his full-time professional contract on February 4, Kyle said: ‘It’s all been really quick but it’s such an amazing opportunity. I am delighted to sign for Ytterhogdals IK. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully help the team go one better than they did last season.’

‘Kyle is a player I have known for some time,’ added Tony McNally, manager of Ytterhogdals IK. ‘He has recently been involved in elite trials in Scotland where he caught the eye of myself and a number of other teams who were keen to get his signature.

‘He can play in full back/centre back positions and brings a calmness about his game. He is good on the ball and will be another good addition to Ytterhogdals.’

Kyle, who will be training twice a day, five days a week, leaves for Ytterhogdal on February 18 for training starting on February 20, before Ytterhogdals IK’s first friendly on February 29.