Australian left back Elder signed a three year deal when he joined City on the August 2019 transfer deadline day to add competition to Grant McCann’s defensive choices. He came to City injured and made his debut in mid September, making immediate positive impressions with his defending and attacking prowess. By November he was a regular candidate for man of the match as he combined well with flying wingman Kamil Grosicki. His good form continued when the Pole was transferred in January 2020, flourishing as a first team regular despite a poor run of results.
Elder was one of very few players to emerge with credit from City’s crash in form during the latter part of the 2019/20 season and was one of the first names on the teamsheet as City regrouped in League One and launched a behind-closed-doors promotion push. He was a near ever present during the 2020/21 season and turned in a string of lung-bustingly impressive performances that helped the Tigers lift the League One title. A nasty injury on the last day of the season denied Callum his first call-up to the Australian national squad. Restored to the Championship, Elder suffered an injury just ahead of new manager Shota Arveladze’s arrival, and he finished the season as second choice left wing back behind breakthrough youth product Brandon Fleming.
Retained for the 2022/23 season, Elder began the season on the City bench but soon forced his way into the first eleven as both left back and left wing back.
Born in Sydney, Australia, Callum Elder came to Leicester City’s academy at the age of 16 but during six years with the Foxes he made only one senior appearance for the U21 side in a October 2018 EFL Trophy tie. He did have considerable Football League experience though, garnered over a four year period of loan spells at Mansfield Town (21 appearances), Peterborough United (21 appearances and 1 goal, where he first came to the attention of manager Grant McCann), Brentford (6 appearances), Barnsley (5 appearances), Wigan Athletic (33 appearances and 1 goal) and Ipswich Town (5 appearances).
Elder won a single Australia under-20 cap in 2013. In May 2021 he was selected for the long list of players to represent Australia at the delayed 2020 World Cup Finals, however an injury sustained on the last day of the 2020/21 season meant he missed out. He eventually made his senior international debut a few months later in September 2021 against China.
Date/Place of Birth: 23 January 1995, Sydney (Australia)
Hull City First Game: 14 September 2019, Wigan Athletic H (Championship), 24 years, 234 days old
Hull City Final Game: [current player]
Leicester City (2013-2019), Mansfield Town (2015, loan), Peterborough United (2015-2016, loan), Brentford (2016-2017, loan), Barnsley (2017, loan), Wigan Athletic (2017-2018, loan), Ipswich Town (2019, loan), Hull City (2019-current)
Hull City Record
Career: 120 apps, 1 goalsCallum Elder
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