Sheffield Wednesday: Teen star can go all the way

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TEENAGE starlet Hayden White has been tipped to reach the top.

The 17-year-old, tracked by Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspurs, West Brom and Wigan Athletic in recent weeks, was offered and accepted a professional contract at Sheffield Wednesday. The right-back is believed to have penned a one-year deal.

London-born White, who has almost finished his scholarship at Hillsborough, started the season as winger before being converted into a full-back.

Wednesday manager Dave Jones feels the youngster has got a big future in the sport.

“It is up to Hayden now,” he said. “He’s on the first rung of the ladder.

“We said to him the other day that he’s done the easy bit. He’s got a pro contract. The hardest part is keeping it.”

Although White is still in the academy, he has been regularly involved in Wednesday’s development squad.

“The kid can catch pigeons,” said Jones. “It is about finding his best position now. He is a young boy with a big future if he develops and delivers the potential that we all think he has.

“Potentially Hayden could be a very good player and go all the way. It is up to him now and that’s why he has got an opportunity.

“A lot of people get bogged down with age. They are either tool old or too young. It doesn’t matter how old you are and that’s been proved by lots of players who play at the highest level.

“If it is the right person and player, then age doesn’t come into it and they will play.”

Jones, meanwhile, has confirmed midfielder/striker Nejc Pecnik has played his last match for the club. The Wednesday chief is looking to offload the Slovenian international, who has not featured since January, as he plans for next season. Three of Pecnik’s 14 Owls appearances came in the Capital One Cup.