Sheffield United: Youngster could be set for long City stay

Elliott Whitehouse has joined York City on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
Elliott Whitehouse has joined York City on loan � BLADES SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY
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Elliott Whitehouse could be set for a prolonged stay at Bootham Crescent if his move to York City proves a success, writes James Shield.

The Sheffield United youngster trained with Nigel Worthington’s side yesterday after leaving Bramall Lane on a rolling youth loan.

Whitehouse, whose situation will be reviewed towards the end of next month, described joining City as “brilliant” ahead of this afternoon’s League Two fixture against Mansfield Town.

“It’s a good club with a good manager and a good set of lads,” he said. “I’m excited to be on a month’s loan and I can’t wait to get into it.

“Training was high intensity. The manager demands that off everyone, that they work hard, pass and move and you get a good workout.

“If everything is going right and I am performing well and the manager said he was looking to extend it (the loan) then I would be more than happy to. Definitely.”

“I’m a box to box player,” Whitehouse added. “I have got a good engine. I can defend, I can head, I can tackle, I can score goals – as I’ve proved in the last few years playing for the under-21s and youth team.

“I’m versatile. I can play up front, I have played centre-back before – so a bit of everything.”

Whitehouse, aged 19, is highly-regarded by United manager David Weir despite finding first team opportunities in short supply this term.

The former Scotland international, whose team return to League One action at Carlisle today, believes a spell away will accelerate the player’s development and improve his match-craft. Joe Ironside, another member of the United squad which reached the 2011 FA Youth Cup final, could also be allowed to depart on a temporary basis.

Whitehouse said: “Nigel Worthington spoke to my agent the other day and I think in pre-season as well because we played York. I did well there so I think he had a good impact and hopefully I can repay him by playing well for the team.

“I follow York a bit because a good friend of mine, Richard Cresswell, used to be at Sheffield United so I still speak to him.

“He told me it was a brilliant set of lads and a good club to come to in order to get games so that’s what I am hoping to do – work hard and try to get myself in the team.

“They play a good style of football and pass the ball.”

*Twitter: @JamesShield1