Filed: Wednesday, 9th November 2011
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United have taken centre half Calum Angus on trial.
With the Championship currently on hiatus due to this weekend's international fixtures, Sam Allardyce has taken the opportunity to have a look at a couple of players in training at Chadwell Heath this week.
One of those is GAIS defender Angus, who made his way to Sweden's Allsvenskan via Portsmouth - his home town club - and the USA, where he played between 2004 and 2009 following his release by Portsmouth in 2004, when he was just 18.
Having played for a series of minor clubs - including college side St Louis Lions and USL-2 outfit Wilmington Hammerheads - Angus was offered the chance to return to Europe in June 2009 when Makrillarna offered him a trial.
After completing a successful trial period, Angus signed for GAIS - who rank ninth in the list of most successful Swedish clubs - with whom he has remained since. The Gothenburg-based club currently ply their trade in the Allsvenskan, the top flight of Swedish football, finishing fifth in the (16-team) table last season.
Speaking about life in Sweden recently, Angus admitted that he was enjoying life in Scandinavia - but yearned to return home to England should the opportunity arise.
"Sweden is a really nice country and Gothenburg, where I am based, is a great city," he told Blagul Football. "It’s not too far from England and I have family and friends visiting when they can.
"My girlfriend is over so things like that are pretty good - though the difference is that I do miss my home. I’d love to play back in England at one time."
Angus arrived in London today and is expected to train with the Hammers for the rest of the week.
He is expected to be joined at Chadwell Heath by 17-year-old Boreham Wood midfielder Pelly Ruddock, who is also expected to spend time with QPR and Watford before reaching a decision on his future.
*Image from gais.se.
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12:05PM 10th Nov 2011
''Hey Calum - are you sure you couldn't squeeze just one more advert onto that shirt?''