Miracle boy Mitchell meets Blades heroes

Mitchell Mason with, from left, Ched Evans, Stephen Quinn, Marcus Williams and Kevin McDonald
Mitchell Mason with, from left, Ched Evans, Stephen Quinn, Marcus Williams and Kevin McDonald
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MIRACLE boy Mitchell Mason achieved a new goal on his amazing road to recovery - when he spent a morning with his football heroes at the Sheffield United training ground.

Four months ago the nine-year-old suffered serious head injuries when he was knocked down by a car on the Manor estate.

For a while the situation looked grim - but since then the Woodthorpe Primary pupil has been amazing everyone with his progress.

United players invited Mitchell to their Shirecliffe base for a behind-the-scenes VIP tour - and were delighted to see his rate of recovery.

“They were thrilled to see how much improvement there has been, in his movement and reactions,” said United spokesman Richard Batho.

“He’s clearly a very strong determined lad and it’s remarkable how much he’s come on in such a short time. He seems to have confounded all the medical experts.”

Mitchell watched a first team training session from the side of the pitch, and later toured the ground.

“He saw inside the kit room and the boot room - though he thought that was a bit smelly!” Richard said.

“It seems strikers are Mitchell’s favourite players - he’s a fan of Wayne Rooney and he was especially pleased to meet Richard Cresswell, Chris Porter and Ched Evans.”

Mum Leasa Ward said the whole day had been brilliant.

“Mitchell loved it - but he wanted to do more than he was able. He wanted to go and play on the pitch but his body isn’t quite up to that yet,” she said.

“He was a bit upset that David Beckham wasn’t there!

“But all the players were wonderful with him and he’s a big fan now,” Leasa added.

Mitchell also had his photo taken with the players, had his Blades shirt signed, received a signed football - and even had lunch with his heroes.

And there’s one more treat still to come - Mitchell and his family have been invited to be special guests of the club at their next home league game against Carlisle, complete with a visit to the dressing room.