"Fantastic news" - Sheffield United tie five promising young players down to new contracts
Sheffield United have tied five of their exciting young players down to long-term contracts at Bramall Lane, with academy boss Jack Lester promising to continue to “push the boundaries” in developing promising talent for the Blades.
United’s U23s won their league title earlier this month, qualifying for the national final with a 4-0 play-off win over Ipswich Town at Bramall Lane, while the likes of Daniel Jebbison, Iliman Ndiaye and Femi Seriki have made first-team debuts this season.
And, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Burnley, United have announced five youngsters, including man of the moment Jebbison, have put pen to paper on new deals at Bramall Lane.
Seriki, a promising right wing-back formerly of Bury, has also committed his immediate future to the Blades, as have goalkeeper Jordan Amissah and midfielders Andre Brooks and Oliver Arblaster.
Jack Lester, the former Blade who now heads up United’s academy, said: “It's fantastic news for the football club; the development within these young men has been impressive.
“The work going on within the academy is quite special, there is so much talent rising all the way through, and we will continue to push the boundaries in our approach."
Brooks, born in Sheffield, is described as an attacking midfielder with an eye for goal who has been in fine form for the club’s U23s this season while Amissah is a tall, agile goalkeeper.
Arblaster is United’s U18 skipper. Now 17, he has been at the Blades for nine years.
Fellow youngsters Jean Leroy-Belehouan and George Broadbent, now on loan with Beerschot in Belgium, also signed new deals earlier this season.