DANNY Wilson is refusing to gamble with the careers of Sheffield United’s next generation.
The Blades boss says he won’t be immediately exposing them to the rigours of first-team football.
Instead Wilson, responding to questions about the development of home-grown talent at Bramall Lane, confirmed young players must prove their worth before being considered for regular selection.
The United manager, whose brief includes assimilating academy graduates into his squad, has named the likes of Callum McFadzean, Matt Harriott and Joe Ironside as substitutes for League One fixtures this term.
However, revealing he is not an advocate of the ‘sink or swim’ approach, Wilson said: “We’ve got high hopes for one or two of them. Others may well surprise us.
“However, they’ve still got to get to a standard of football they can push on from.”
Australian outfit Central Coast Mariners, who have signed former United midfielder Nick Montgomery, last night announced their youth- league coach, Tony Walmsley, has been appointed head of academy recruitment at Shirecliffe.
Walmsley was previously in charge of Manchester United’s development initiatives in the Oceania region.
“The opportunity to now add to Sheffield United’s academy management team is one I feel compelled to take up,” he told the Mariners’ website.
“While they have serious ambition to return to the English Premier League the club are focused on their academy and I feel well prepared for the challenges ahead.”
United, who are sixth in League One after seven games, visit Yeovil today without suspended midfield duo Michael Doyle and Ryan Flynn.
“We’re always looking at options in the (loan) market and there are one or two if the opportunity arises,” Wilson said. “If some of the young lads go out on loan elsewhere then there might be scope to do something.”