Sheffield United are poised to offer Callum McFadzean, their promising teenage midfielder, a new contract, writes James Shield.
The Star understands that talks between McFadzean and the League One club’s hierarchy have reached an advanced stage with an announcement set to be made ahead of tomorrow’s game against Bradford City.
McFadzean, aged 19, is one of the most promising graduates to emerge from United’s Redtooth Academy in recent seasons; a fact underlined by manager David Weir’s decision to utilise him in all four of their matches so far this term.
McFadzean, who has also represented England at under-16 level, was a member of the side which reached the 2011 FA Youth Cup final and made his senior debut against Burton Albion in the Capital One Cup last season.
He signed an extended contract with United two months ago but Weir, impressed by the youngster’s performances since his arrival at Bramall Lane in June, is keen to secure McFadzean’s services for the foreseeable future.
The former Scotland international reaffirmed his commitment to developing home-grown talent after being unveiled as Danny Wilson’s permanent successor during the close season.
Barring injury or illness, McFadzean will be named in the squad which locks horns with City at Valley Parade.
Meanwhile, United’s under-16’s and under-18’s face Sheffield Wednesday (away) tomorrow.