Sheffield United: Weir may loan out his young stars

Elliott Whitehouse is one of a number of young United players who are coming through the club's academy. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
Elliott Whitehouse is one of a number of young United players who are coming through the club's academy. Pic: Martyn Harrison.
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Some of Sheffield United’s most promising young players could be poised to leave Bramall Lane on loan after David Weir admitted regular first team football will accelerate their development.

Although Weir, the South Yorkshire club’s manager, has placed graduates of its acclaimed Redtooth Academy at the heart of his future plans, there is a consensus behind the scenes that many would benefit from being exposed to regular action elsewhere.

Weir, whose side were knocked-out of the Capital One Cup by Burton Albion last night, said: “It’s something we might look at doing.

“We recently allowed Aaron Barry to join Dumbarton because we feel he’ll find it an invaluable experience.

“Not everyone can be involved at any given time and some might be fine prospects but not quite ready yet.

“However, we’d only send them out to clubs we feel conduct themselves in the right fashion and, as a result, are capable of bringing our youngsters on.

“We wouldn’t want them to go just anywhere.

“There would have to be good reasoning behind it.”