PLAYER PROFILE

Joel Castro Pereira

Birthdate:28 Jun 1996
Birthplace:Boudevilliers, Switzerland
Position:Goalkeeper
U18 Appearances:
U18 Goals scored:
Joined United:11 Jul 2012
United Debut:
International:

Joel Castro Pereira joined the club in the summer of 2012 after a successful trial spell with the youth team.

The youngster has dual Swiss-Portuguese nationality after being born in Boudevilliers and playing for the likes of Neuchetal Xamax.

A humble personality, he admits he had to pinch himself when he was eating in the canteen alongside Sir Alex Ferguson and a number of the first-team stars.

Pereira is a Portugal Under-17 international and made two appearances for the Under-18s in 2012/2013 as he adapted to life in English football.

Highly rated by former goalkeeping coach Eric Steele, he will be striving for the No1 spot this season and kept goal in the 2013 Milk Cup final victory against Co Tyrone.

Although the keepers were rotated by Paul McGuinness at the start of the season, Pereira will have been delighted to wear the captain's armband for the first time and is clearly making progress.