Portadown Football Club is delighted to announce the signing of Czech Republic goalkeeper Ondřej Mastný from Manchester United on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Mastný, 20, began his career in his native Czech Republic where he played in the youth ranks of Vysočina Jihlava before making a move to Manchester United in July 2018.

The shot stopper who has represented the Czech Republic at U15, U16, U18 & U19 levels held down the no.1 position in the Manchester United Under-18s team and kept goal in the FA Youth Cup run to the semi-finals in 2020. No keeper made more than his eight appearances for United’s Under-23s in 2020/21 season and he started the following campaign on the bench for the visit of Leicester City in the Premier League 2 opener.

In January 2020 Mastny travelled with the Manchester United first-team squad to Wolves for Manchester United’s FA Cup third round draw due to the absence of David De Gea and participated in the goalkeepers’ warm-up and would follow that up by being involved in preparations for the 4-0 home trouncing of Norwich City a week later when Romero was unavailable through injury. He also was added to United’s Champions League squad for their opening Group H trip to Paris Saint-Germain in October 2020 where he joined Dean Henderson, David de Gea and veteran Lee Grant as then Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s goalkeepers for the Champions League group stages.

Ondřej Mastný follows in the footsteps of former Manchester United goalkeeper Jacob Carney, now of Sunderland, who made the loan move from Old Trafford to Shamrock Park in January 2021 and would go on to be a hugely popular figure during his five month stay at Portadown.