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Young Blade shortlisted

20 February 2013

The Football League has announced the shortlists for The Football League Awards 2013, the annual awards ceremony that celebrates on and off pitch excellence across The League's 72 clubs.

This year there are a total of 17 awards with the winners being announced at the gala ceremony at The Brewery, London on Sunday 24th March 2013.

A total of 24 clubs have made the shortlists for the eight categories announced.

United are represented by young goalkeeper George Willis, who has been shortlisted for Apprentice of the Year award for League One.

Earlier this season Willis provided cover for George Long, prior to Danny Coyne's arrival.

The Rotherham-born stopper, who has previously represented England in the Victory Shield, has also been a regular at U18 and U21 level this term.

United's Academy Manager Nick Cox commented: "We are delighted to hear that George has been shortlisted - yet another timely reminder of the opportunities that are being created for young players at Sheffield United.

"Congratulations must go, not only, to George but to all of the committed and hardworking staff that have supported his development since he joined our Academy at the age of just nine."

Richard Heaselgrave, Chief Commercial Officer at The Football League, said: "The Football League Awards are a great way to celebrate the work that goes on behind the scenes at each club, as well as the action that has taken place on the pitch each week.

"To make these shortlists is a real achievement, bearing in mind how many and the quality of the entries we've had once again. I would like to wish all those nominated the best of luck and we look forward to announcing the winners on the evening."

The shortlists were drawn up by a panel of judges on 5th February 2013, following a stringent assessment process. Judges included influential members of media, sports industry figures and representatives of The Football League and its partners.

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