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International Blades

29 August 2013

David Weir is encouraged by the progress and subsequent recognition his youngsters have received since the start of the season.


Within the last week the Blades have had three players called up to represent their countries, George Long (England U21), Sean McGinty (Republic of Ireland U21) and Jasper Johns (Northern Ireland U19).


Of McGinty, Weir commented: "Sean has brought a lot of enthusiasm and energy to the team, he comes with a good background and has strong attributes.


"Of course for someone so young he has areas to develop and improve on, but he has the making of a very, very good player.


"We want the full-backs to contribute offensively and in this system they will, but obviously first and foremost they are in the team to defend."


The Gaffer hopes the international recognition for his players will help them realise their ability and aid their continued development.


Weir continued: "I am sure the call-ups for the likes of Sean, George (Long) and Jasper (Johns) will give the lads a boost and ensure they keep working hard to be recognised.


"International call-ups are also a positive for Sheffield United because it shows we are producing and working with young players to develop them.


"People perhaps thought George had only been selected last time because the fixture was at Bramall Lane but this proves that wasn't the case."


Weir concluded by praising the impact loanee Conor Coady has had since arriving from Liverpool earlier in the summer:


"Conor (Coady) is another young man who has settled into the squad. He is comfortable on the ball, is always willing to show and is composed in possession.


"He has had a great education at Liverpool and he will be good player for us this season."


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