Blades reserve judgement on Aussie youngster

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SHEFFIELD United will continue to monitor the progress of Jimmy Oates after inviting the Central Coast Mariners defender to train with Danny Wilson’s squad.

Oates, aged 20, scored twice during the reserve team success over Stocksbridge Park Steels on Tuesday evening.

“He has come over from Australia,” manager Danny Wilson said. “We are looking at him.

“He is from our youth academy in Australia so we asked to take a look and he’s acquitted himself very well.

“He’s a young lad and he has got a lot to learn about English football but his attitude has been brilliant.”

Wilson added: “Jimmy is a good athlete.

“I’m not sure whether we will be keeping hold of him at this time but we will certainly be keeping tabs on him if not.”

Meanwhile, United will begin their FA Premier Academy League campaign with a visit to West Ham later this month.

John Pemberton’s squad, who reached the final of the FA Youth Cup last season, face the Londoners on Saturday August 20 before hosting Coventry City the following weekend.(kick-off 11.30am).

Huddersfield and Leeds arrive at Shirecliffe on October 8 and 15 respectively before United make the short journey to neighbours Barnsley.

Pemberton’s youngsters then entertain arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday on November 5 with the return fixture scheduled to take place on January 7.