HARRY Maguire last night revealed the first people he spoke with after being named the Football League’s Young Player of the Month for August were his parents.
The teenager, an ever- present in Sheffield United’s starting eleven so far this term, received the award ahead of today’s game against Colchester.
“I told my mum and dad as soon as I heard the news and they were really pleased for me,” Maguire said.
“It’s a great achievement in my first full season to get an award like this.”
Maguire, whose partnership with Neill Collins has been a driving force behind United’s climb to second in the League One table, made his debut as a second-half substitute against Cardiff City in April.
He scored his first senior goal on the opening day of the 2011/12 campaign.
Reading winger Michail Antonio has agreed to extend his loan with 14th-placed Colchester ahead of this afternoon’s game at Bramall Lane.
John Ward, the visitors’ manager, said: “It’s a really good test for us.
“I like these games; it’s little old Colchester going into the lions’ den and seeing what you can come out with.
“We’ve been all right with that kind of challenge sometimes against these big boys.
“If we were not to win the game then I guess a lot of people in the football world wouldn’t be surprised but it we did then people will say ‘crikey, that’s a good result for Colchester.’”
Meanwhile, United defender and first-team coach Chris Morgan will host ‘An Evening With’ at Bramall Lane before next month’s derby with Sheffield Wednesday.
The event, which takes place in on October 14, is priced £45 per person.