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Attacker Becomes First Summer Signing

22 June 2021

Oldham Athletic are delighted to announce the signing of forward Hallam Hope on a one-year deal with an option.

Most recently, the attacker was in Sky Bet League One with Swindon Town after playing a role in the club’s impressive promotion as champions in the season prior. Hope found the back of the net seven times whilst operating across a front three throughout the campaign.

Born in Manchester, Hope actually began his career on the blue half of Merseyside as he progressed through the academy at Goodison Park. Whilst at Everton, he enjoyed loan spells with Northampton Town, Bury and Sheffield Wednesday. Hope, remarkably, scored five goals in eight games for the Shakers and he attracted attention from teams higher up the football pyramid. 

The 27-year-old put pen-to-paper on a permanent deal with Bury in January 2015 for an undisclosed fee. During his time at Gigg Lane, Hope helped guide the club to promotion from Sky Bet League Two and throughout his three-year spell made 71 appearances.

Head Coach, Keith Curle knows Hope very well bringing him to Carlisle United initially on loan before making it a permanent deal. Whilst at Brunton Park, he managed to net 31 goals and finished as the club’s top goalscorer in the 2017/18 season.

Hope has represented England at U16, U17, U18 and U19 level before proudly being called-up to the Barbados senior squad and he’s scored four goals in six games.

On signing his new deal, Hope said; “I’m looking forward to working with Keith again and getting used to my new surroundings when I return.

“I love scoring goals and working hard for the team and it’s a big season ahead after listening to what the gaffer wants to achieve and build here.

“I’m raring to go and have played against Oldham a number of times over my career so I know the fans want players to work hard for the club and give 100% on the pitch.”

Whilst, Curle’s delighted to add a familiar face to his squad; “I’ve worked with Hallam previously and it went well. There’s a genuine respect and excitement at what he can achieve at this club and knows he’s come in to add that experience in attack we need.

“An early target this summer it’s taken time to get it done but shows our hardwork is now paying dividends as we get more deals and experience into the side, Hallam being a key part of that.”

The striker has recently returned from international duty with Barbados and will link-up the squad after a short period of isolation, where an interview will then be conducted with iFollow Latics in due course.

The transfer is also subject to FA & EFL approval.

Welcome to Latics, Hallam!


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