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Long development continues

1 November 2012

Danny Wilson believes George Long is improving all the time, but insists the 18-year-old goalkeeper still has plenty of hard work ahead of him.

The Sheffield-born stopper has become something of a fans favourite this season, a reaction that has been enhanced by three consecutive clean sheets.

Wilson commented: "George's development is all about decision making. I have said countless times before his shot-stopping is absolutely first class.

"He won't get experience unless he plays games and in the last few matches we have minimised how much he has been exposed. What we are looking at with George is his all-round game, his distribution and coming out and taking crosses.

"These are little things to many but as a goalkeeper he needs them in his game."

The Blades boss believes the backing Long has received from the terraces since replacing thigh injury victim Mark Howard has played a big role in this seamless transition to first team action:

"The more he plays the better he will get and he is receiving terrific backing from the fans.

"Homegrown players are always given that bit more time because supporters want to see their own in the first-team.

"The fans have enriched his confidence for sure because he loves running out in front of the Kop."

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