Sligo Rovers this morning announced the signing of 24-year-old Danish striker Morten Nielsen. Neilsen signs from German lower league team FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt, subject to International Clearance.
Neilson started his career with his local team in Denmark, FC Copenhagen. His on-pitch performances for Copenhagen caught the eye of Premier League side Chelsea. Neilson signed for the Blues as a 16-year-old and spent three years in their academy. The highlight of his time at Chelsea was playing in the 2008 FA Youth Cup final against Manchester City.
After leaving Chelsea, Neilsen signed for then Dutch champions AZ Alkmaar. While at Alkmaar, Neilsen was loaned out to Swedish team Landskrona. In 2010 he was snapped-up by Danish Superliga team FC Midtjylland, spending two seasons there before leaving for FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt.
Neilsen has played under age for Denmark, from U-16 to U-21 level, scoring seven goals while competing internationally.
Speaking to the Sligo Rovers’ official website this morning, manager Owen Heary said,
“Morten is a goal scorer first and foremost. We did our research with Gerry Cassidy and found a high calibre player. He has scored goals wherever he has been.
“He was at Chelsea for a few years when he was young training with players like Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka. There was a few club’s in Scotland looking to sign him so I’m delighted he has chosen to come to Rovers.”
Neilsen becomes the eighth signing made by Rovers manager Owen Heary and he brings to 21 the number of players currently on the books at the Showgrounds.
Aaron Cawley, Pundit Arena