Michael McLellan - Player Profile

Full Name:Michael McLellan
Born:January 22nd, 1993 (Belfast)
Signed:August 31st, 2013
First Manager:Glenn Ferguson
Left Club:May 14th, 2014
Career Stats: 25 appearances, 2 goals
Debut (as sub): September 3rd, 2013 - Ballymena United 2 - 1 Portadown (League - NIFL Premiership)
Full Debut: September 7th, 2013 - Ballymena United 0 - 1 Cliftonville (League - NIFL Premiership)
First Goal: September 3rd, 2013 - Ballymena United 2 - 1 Portadown (League - NIFL Premiership)
Also Played For:Ards, Harland and Wolff Welders, Linfield, Portadown, Preston North End, Workington

 Season  League Apps Gls GtGR Yel Red W D L
 2013-2014  NIFL Premiership 13 (12) 2 0.08 1 0 28.0% 24.0% 48.0%
13 (12) 2 0.08

 Apps = First Team Appearances (Sub Appearances) | Gls = Goals
 GtGR = Goals to Games Ratio | W/D/L - Games won, drawn or lost as percentage of games played in
 Yel = Yellow Cards/Cautions | Red = Red Cards/Dismissals

 Most Recent 1st Team Starts:
 Apr 26th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Ards 1 - 1
 Mar 29th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Dungannon Swifts 1 - 2
 Feb 22nd, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Warrenpoint Town 3 - 2
 Feb 15th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 2
 Oct 30th, 2013 County Antrim Shield  (A)  vs. Crusaders 0 - 1
 Most Recent Goals:
 Feb 15th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 2
 Sep 3rd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 1

Former Preston and Northern Ireland Under-21 striker signed by Glenn Ferguson failed to make an impact at the Showgrounds during his solitary season, but subsequently revived his career in the Championship soon after.

Having started his career with Linfield in his native Belfast, the striker secured a move to Preston North End on a three year deal in 2009 but failed to break through into the first-team at Deepdale, as he spent the final half season of his contract on loan at Workington in the Conference North after joining in December 2011. Progress in the international ranks was a lot more positive for McLellan who represented his country at all levels up to Under-21 and also appeared in the 2011 Milk Cup tournament for the Northern Ireland Elite squad.

On returning home in August 2012 and somewhat disillusioned by the broken dream of professional football, Michael signed with Ronnie McFall’s Portadown despite strong competition from Ballymena United (who he had appeared in pre-season for). It proved to be a difficult adjustment period for the 19-year-old forward, as he was resigned to the bench for the majority of a disappointing season which seen the Ports finish in the bottom half of the table.

Ferguson finally landed his man on a free-transfer in August 2013, as McLellan sought refuge from his Shamrock Park nightmare at the Showgrounds and in dramatic fashion to score the winner on his debut against Portadown! Despite the start to his United career, further goals didn’t materialise as hoped for McLellan and yet again, the striker found his way onto the fringe of the team, often only appearing from the substitutes bench and eventually also missed out on a place in the 2014 Irish Cup final squad. With only two goals from 24 appearances during the 2013/2014 season, Ferguson released Michael at the expiration of his one-year contract.

McLellan dropped down to the Championship with Harland & Wolff Welders in August 2014 and suddenly the goals began to flow. 76 goals in a season and a half followed as the East Belfast side picked up the Steel and Sons Cup in 2015/2016. The return to form, alerted new Linfield manager David Healy, who moved to bring the boyhood Blues fan back to Windsor Park where he had started his fledgling career.

Last updated: 19 March 2017

 Goals Scored
Sep 3rd, 2013 League  (H)  vs. Portadown 2 - 1 (52')
Feb 15th, 2014 League  (H)  vs. Coleraine 2 - 2 (61')