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Loan move for youngster

9 October 2013

Third-year scholar Michael Boateng has joined Northern Counties East League outfit AFC Emley on-loan until the 1st January 2014.

The midfielder, who joined the Blades in the summer, with further his development with the Pewits, who are currently 6th in the table, having won four of the last five matches.

This move highlights United's partnership with the non-league club and Academy Manager Nick Cox says the loan switch will benefit all parties, in particular the player himself, remarking:

"This is a good move for Michael, Sheffield United and Emley, who we have worked closely with in recent months.

"As a third-year scholar Michael is unfortunately too old to play for our youth-team and with competition for games with our U21s high, this provides the lad with a chance to get out and hopefully play football regularly.

"It is a move Michael needs, because as with a lot of scholars, he currently has no experience of playing on a Saturday afternoon where three points are at stake, with an expectant crowd in attendance.

"The only way to get these lads this experience in order to further their development is to get them out there playing non-league matches."

Earlier this year United announced they had also formed links with Stocksbridge Park Steels, Buxton, Belper Town, Hallam FC and there remains the possibility of player movement between the aforementioned clubs.

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