Dundee United sign Will Ferry on three-year deal

Will Ferry celebrating with Irish U21 team mates in a 1-0 win over Sweden

Will Ferry celebrating with Irish U21 team mates in a 1-0 win over Sweden Credit: Eddie Lennon (ETPhotos)

Dundee United have announced the signing of Will Ferry on a three-year contract following his departure from Cheltenham Town. 

Born in Bury, Ferry started his youth career with his hometown club before moving to Southampton at the age of 17. At Southampton, he developed his skills in the club’s academy.

During the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons, Ferry was named in several first-team matchday squads for Southampton. He later gained senior experience with a loan spell at Crawley Town, where he made nearly 40 appearances.

In the summer of 2022, Ferry made a permanent switch to Cheltenham Town, where he played 75 League One matches over two seasons, contributing eight assists and two goals.

Ferry expressed his excitement about the move to Dundee United: "I'm grateful for the opportunity to prove myself at the top level of Scottish football, it's a challenge that really excites me. I've kept a keen eye on the club's progress throughout recent seasons, with some of my close friends in football, such as Ross Graham, playing here - I'm looking forward to reuniting with him."

Newly-appointed Head of Recruitment Michael Cairney highlighted the significance of the signing: “I’m really pleased to have secured Will’s services for the following three seasons - he’s a player that has been on our radar for a considerable period of time and we had to fend off stiff competition for his signature.”

United Manager Jim Goodwin added, “Getting some solid business done early was imperative to our summer plans, and the signing of Will represents just that. He possesses all of the attributes necessary to be a successful player in the Scottish Premiership, with pace, tenacity and a fabulous level of technical ability. His versatility will also prove vital throughout an unrelenting league campaign.”

Ferry has represented the Republic of Ireland at under-19 and under-21 level.