Elliott Osborne Player Profile
Debut: Portsmouth (H, 3-3), 29/08/2020
Highly-rated midfielder Elliott Osborne became the third Boro’ summer signing of 2020; the lad signing for us after almost two years at Stockport County. It’s difficult not to be excited by him; the midfielder helping the Hatters to the 2018-9 National League North title. If that wasn’t enough, his performances during the 2019-20 campaign earned rave reviews. It was enough to get him a place in sponsor Vanarama’s Team of the Season* anyway.
*Up to the point the coronavirus cut short the campaign.
In signing him, Alex Revell echoed the praise that Osborne had attracted: “He is coming off the back of a couple of hugely successful seasons and he will bring goals, a creativity and dynamism that we are all excited to watch”. Anyone who watched us during the 2019-20 League Two season will know just how welcome the idea of “goals” actually was. Just need him to deliver on that now. Not that it’s hard to build on that dismal previous season.
Elliott Osborne: Before Boro’
A native of Stoke, it’s no surprise that Osborne’s career started in his hometown – albeit with Port Vale. He couldn’t make the breakthrough he wanted at Vale Park, however. So, after nine years with the club, he was free to find a new club. And that new club would be Newcastle Town of the Northern Premier League (Division One). He quickly impressed at Town too; earning a move up a level to Nantwich Town after just half a season.
Again, the goals flowed and the plaudits rained down on the young midfielder. And that’s when Football League clubs started to take note. In June 2016, he sailed into League One; signing for Fleetwood. But he didn’t get too much of a chance; instead going out on loan to Tranmere Rovers (September 2016) and Stockport County (January 2017).
Into the 2017-8 season and it was more of the same; moving along the coast to Morecambe on a half-season loan deal. After returning to Fleetwood with the loan deal up at the Globe Arena, he ended up being offloaded (together with Dion Charles) to Southport for one of those undisclosed fees. He saw out the season and the start of the new one at Haig Avenue, before the Hatters came calling once more in September 2018.
First, it was a loan deal. But it was such a success that he joined for good in November. And, when we say “for good”, we mean ’til June 2020 when he came to us. Obviously.