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1 August 2014


TERRY KENNEDY
PoB: Barnsley
DoB: 14.11.93
Barnsley-born Terry is another product of United's successful Academy system. The centre-half rose to prominence when he partnered Harry Maguire during United's FA Youth Cup success of 2011, finishing the season by making his debut against Swansea City in the Championship. Since then, despite being hampered by niggling knee problems, Terry has captained the U21s on a consistent basis and last season was dependable in home wins over Peterborough United and Rotherham United.


GEORGE LONG
PoB: Sheffield
DoB: 5.11.93
George, United's youngest ever goalkeeper to play in a competitive fixture, was a near ever present during the first-half of last term, whilst he was also called up into the England U21s squad on a couple of occasions, one of those being against Scotland at Bramall Lane in August 2013. The goalkeeper was forced to watch on, though, after losing his place to Mark Howard in February 2014, although he did feature in the 1-0 win over Rotherham United in March.


EMMANUEL ADEBOWALE
PoB: Newham
DoB: 14.9.97
Known as Manny within the Academy, the imposing defender was brought up in Stratford, progressing through the youth ranks at West Ham United. An athletic, modern centre-back, Manny is comfortable in possession and likes to get on the ball.


JULIAN BANTON
PoB: Enfield
DoB: 10.10.95
Julian was a regular for the U18s last season and broke into the U21s as the season progressed, having joined the Blades from Arsenal after impressing whilst on trial during the summer of 2013. A powerful and dominant centre-half, Julian was a key member of the youth team who reached the FA Youth Cup fifth round last term, his performances earned him a professional deal.


DOMINIC CALVERT-LEWIN
PoB: Sheffield
DoB: 16.3.97
DCL as he is known to many at the Academy, had a first season to remember as a scholar, with the highlight being named on the bench for the first-team in the third round FA Cup tie against Aston Villa at Villa Park in January. He also netted a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup against Worcester City at Bramall Lane.


JOE CHEESEMAN
PoB: Sutton in Ashfield
DoB: 7.11.96
A versatile, no nonsense defender, equally at home in the centre of defence or at right-back, Joe enjoyed a good first season as a scholar. He was a regular within the U18s squad and towards the end of the last term was handed a taste of the action for the U21s.


DANIEL COCKERLINE
PoB: Warrington
DoB: 15.11.96
Daniel, a tall striker who possess an excellent touch, enjoyed a productive season in 2013/14 scoring a number of goals for both the U18s and U21s. The marksman. who is powerful in the air. played his part in United's FA Cup success last term too.


JOEL COUSTRAIN
PoB: Limerick
DoB: 22.1.96
Joel joined the Blades from Corbally United in Republic of Ireland, signing a three-year scholarship. The Irish winger, who has represented his country at various youth levels, is comfortable on either flank and caught the eye last season with a number of impressive displays for both the U18s and U21s last season, convincing the Club to hand him a professional deal.


CONNOR DIMAIO
PoB: Chesterfield
DoB: 28.1.96
Connor, a Republic of Ireland U19s international, made his first-team debut at Crawley Town in March. He then went on to make his first senior start against Rotherham United a few weeks later and he produced a man of the match performance against the Millers. A technically sound midfielder, Connor is a creative ball player, who is also capable of making a tackle.


JAKE EASTWOOD
PoB: Sheffield
DoB: 3.10.96
Jake, is highly regarded goalkeeper within the Academy, was also a regular within the England youth setup last season. Jake attended a number of goalkeeping training camps organised by the FA, who continue to monitor his progress. The imposing stopper produced a number of stunning displays last season, most notably in FA Youth Cup penalty shootout successes at Oldham, Millwall and Bolton.


IOAN EVANS
PoB: Rotherham
DoB: 30.5.97
Welsh junior international Ioan, a tall and commanding centre-half, impressed last season whilst skippering the youth team and forced his way into Chris Morgan's U21s side towards the end of the season. The defender also earned a number of call-ups to represent his country at various youth competitions throughout the season.


ROBBIE FIXTER
PoB: Boston
DoB: 24.12.96
Robbie has been within the Academy system for a number of years now. He is a versatile performer who can adapt his ability to fulfil a number of attacking positions. Robbie will be hoping to become more of a regular for the U18s this season.


SHEA GORDON
PoB: Dungannon
DoB: 16.5.98
Shea, a tough tackling midfielder, is a product of Dungannon United in Northern Ireland. Shea also has an eye for a killer pass and has captained his country at U17 level. He was part of the Northern Ireland team that beat England in the Victory Shield last season.


CJ HAMILTON
PoB: Harrow
DoB: 23.3.95
CJ joined the Blades towards the end of last season in a bid to win a contract following a trial. A tall, pacey, powerful winger, who can also operate as a central striker, CJ impressed for the U21s and penned a permanent deal in the summer of 2014. He will be hoping to develop under the guidance of Chris Morgan this season and push himself closer to the first-team.


KLER HEH
PoB: Thailand
DoB: 21.10.96
Kler, an attacking midfielder who can operate centrally or down either flank, is now a second-year scholar with the Blades. He was a regular in the U18s squad for much of last season and he will be hoping to kick on this season and start more matches.


O'SHAYE GIRAUD HUTCHINSON
PoB: London
DoB: 7.4.98
Formerly of Charlton Athletic, midfielder O'Shaye made the move north in the summer of 2014, having impressed during a prolonged trial period with the Blades.


FAHAD ISHMAEL
PoB: Golweyn, Somalia
DoB: 2.9.96
Fahad, a second-year scholar joined the Blades in the summer of 2013, through the Football Unites Racism Divides (FURD) project. A combative midfielder by trade, Fahad also performed admirably at full-back for the U18s last season.


MJ KEDMAN
PoB: Harrow
DoB: 16.12.96
MJ, formerly of West Ham and Chelsea, is another versatile performer who can operate in a variety of positions. A left-footed option, with a good engine means MJ offers the team balance. Played extensively for the U18s during his first year with the Blades.


GRAHAM KELLY
PoB: Dublin
DoB: 16.10.97
Graham was formerly with St Kevin's Boys in Ireland. A tough-tackling full-back who is also capable of playing in the centre of defence, Graham, capped at youth level by the Republic of Ireland, impressed in the Blades youth team towards the end of the last campaign.


OTIS KHAN
PoB: Ashton under Lyne
DoB: 5.9.95
Otis signed for the Blades following his release by Manchester United and last season made his senior debut against Crawley Town in March. Otis then impressed the Bramall Lane faithful during a brief cameo appearance against Rotherham United in a 1-0 win. The attacker, who can operate down either wing or down the middle, was also a key figure of the successes enjoyed by the U18s and U21s last season.


JAMIE MCDONAGH
PoB: Lisburn
DoB: 8.5.96s
Jamie, a Northern Ireland youth international, returned to action in the second-half of last season for the U18s after completing a long rehabilitation from a broken leg sustained whilst on international duty. The untimely injury came just as Jamie was making progress through the ranks at Bramall Lane, but the forward, who can also operate in wide positions, is now firmly on the road to recovery and will be looking for a strong 2014/15 campaign.


JASON PALING
PoB: Barnsley
DoB: 26.9.95
Jason enjoyed an excellent campaign in 2013/14 impressing on numerous occasions for both the U18s and U21s, that resulted in him been handed a first-year professional deal in the summer of 2014 and he will be looking to continue his development this season. Primarily a full-back, Jason, a tenacious and committed performer, can also operate on the right-hand side of midfield.


AARON RAMSDALE
PoB: Stoke on Trent
DoB: 14.5.98
Aaron is a young goalkeeper, who was born and raised in Stoke. He joined United in the summer of 2014, having previously been registered with Bolton Wanderers. He is an athletic stopper and also posses excellent distribution skills.


DANNY RAMSEY
PoB: Sheffield
DoB: 26.9.97
Danny is a local boy, raised in Shirecliffe, within a stone's throw from the Academy and has been registered with the Club since the age of eight. A technical operator, Danny is a midfielder by trade, but offers versatility in a number of other positions.


LOUIS REED
PoB: Barnsley
DoB: 25.7.97

When Louis made his first-team debut against Rotherham United in April he became the Blades' youngster ever Football League debutant and he impressed against The Millers. A technically sound midfielder, Louis likes to get on the ball and can also find that killer pass.


KYLE SCARISBRICK
PoB: Birkenhead
DoB: 26.2.96
Kyle was handed a six-month contract in the summer, a chance to impress in the first-half of the campaign, after a couple of untimely injuries hampered his progress in 2013/14. A versatile defender, comfortable in any position across the back line, Kyle performed well when fit last season for both the U18s and U21s and will be looking to prove his worth in the months ahead.


JOROME SLEW
PoB: Sheffield
DoB: 29.11.97
Brother of former Blades striker Jordan, Jorome has been with the Blades since the age of eight. Similar to his older sibling, Jorome is a power centre forward with an eye for a goal. The marksman featured and scored at youth team level last term.


BEN WHITEMAN
PoB: Rochdale
DoB: 17.6.96
Ben was another one of the Club's youngsters to be hand a professional contract in the summer after a productive season in 2013/14. Operating mainly as a midfielder for both the U18s and U21s last term, Ben produced a number of accomplished displays, adding goals and assists to his game. As the season progressed, Ben was tried at centre-back and his efforts earned some positive reviews.


JAKE WRIGHT
PoB: Manchester
DoB: 11.9.96
Striker Jake will be hoping to make a positive impact this season. He started the 2013/14 campaign with promise for both the U18s and more notably the U21s. Jake scored for the Blades at Elland Road and also featured in United's progression to the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup.


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