HE grew up idolising John Terry but it is those closest to home who have exerted the greatest influence over Harry Maguire’s fledgling career.
The Sheffield United defender, who signed a contract extension earlier this week, last night revealed his footballing family have proved an invaluable source of support and advice throughout a remarkable rise to prominence at Bramall Lane.
“My father played for Sheffield FC and he was also manager of my Sunday team, Brunsmeer,” Maguire said. “I’ve got two brothers who are involved too.
“All three of us have been here at United but the eldest is now with Ilkeston and the younger one is with Sheffield Wednesday. They’re both really good players.
“I can be my own biggest critic at times but my dad always tells me what he thinks of my performances too. We speak a lot.
“He’s always really constructive but when he says I’ve done well then I know I definitely have.
“Seriously, though, having all of that to fall back on has been a real help.”
Maguire, speaking ahead of today’s visit to Leyton Orient, has played every minute of every game for Danny Wilson’s side this term. Yet, less than six months ago, he was a member of the United squad which reached last season’s FA Youth Cup Final.
Wilson has previously cited Maguire’s parents as “giving him the grounding” to cope with his meteoric rise and the 18-year-old said: “I’m proud to have stayed in the team and it gives me confidence to know that the gaffer has got confidence in me.
“My teammate, Neill Collins, has been a really big help too. He’s always telling me stuff.
“The same goes for (player-coach) Chris Morgan who has been doing a lot of work with the back four since he’s been injured. He’s always giving me pointers in the week and also before and at half-time of our games.
“It’s great to know people who are ready to help.”