BREAKING: Spireites sign Premier League youngster Liam O'Neil

Liam O'Neil has signed for Chesterfield. Pic: Chesterfield FC
Liam O'Neil has signed for Chesterfield. Pic: Chesterfield FC

Chesterfield have this afternoon confirmed the signing of Liam O'Neil, from Premier League side West Brom.

The 22-year-old, who can play in defence or midfield, has made five Premier League appearances and joins the Spireites for an undisclosed fee.

Manager Dean Saunders said: "Liam is a young player who has played in West Brom's first team. He's exactly what we want - a midfield player who can also play at the back, if required.

"He's one for the future for us, having been tracked by the club for two-and-a-half years. We were going to loan him but we've managed to sign him permanently, which is great for the long-term future of the club."

O'Neil added: “ I want to get some experience and develop as a player and I think I’ll be able to do that here. I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited.

"The gaffer [Saunders] got in touch with West Brom and has shown good interest," he said.

"He’s been on my case to get down here all the time and that’s what I like. He sees me as part of his plans and that’s what I want. I want to be getting regular football and that’s key for me now. I’m 22 now and this is perfect timing.”

O'Neil enjoyed a spell on loan at Scunthorpe last season, playing 22 times - including the clash against Chesterfield at Glanford Park. Chesterfield declined to confirm the length of O'Neil's contract.