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Congratulations to our newest professionals

8 May 2014

Saturday's final game of the season against Coventry enabled the Club to formally welcome latest group of Academy scholars to graduate to the professional ranks at the club.

This season sees a record number of players signing professional deals having caught the eye of Nigel Clough in U18s and U21s fixtures.

The Academy would like to offer its congratulations to all of the boys, some of which have been working towards this goal since the age of eight. We wish them the best of luck with their professional careers.

The new professionals are...

Jason Paling: 'JD' was a regular in the FA Youth Cup team that progressed to the quarter finals this season. As the season has progressed the tenacious right-back has impressed in Chris Morgan whilst featuring consistently in the U21s.

Julian Banton: A tough tackling, no nonsense defender, Julian has been a regular for the U21s this season and was instrumental in the aforementioned FA Youth Cup success. Julian joined the Blades as a 16-year-old following his release by Arsenal.

Louis Reed: Louis is a technical midfielder who recently made his first-team debut against Rotherham United, becoming the youngest ever player to represent the Blades in a league game.

Dominic Calvert Lewin : A Sheffield-born prospect who has impressed this season for both the U18s and U21s, Dominic scored a hat-trick in the FA Youth Cup against Worcester City at Bramall Lane. He was also a substitute against Aston Villa in January.

Joel Coustrain: A Republic of Ireland international who moved to England to take on a scholarship with the Blades. A creative wide player that has featured regularly in the U18s this season.

Diego De Girolamo: After making his first-team debut in December 2012, Diego suffered a serious injury in March 2013 whilst representing Italy, but has now fully recovered and is working his way back to fitness with the U18s and U21s.

CJ Hamilton: Came to the professional game late having been brought up in Ireland. Impressed whilst on trial earlier this season having previously been associated with Watford.

Connor Dimaio: Republic of Ireland youth international Connor has been at the Club since the age of 8. He made his first-team debut at Crawley Town in March, before winning man of the match honours against Rotherham United on his full debut in April.

Otis Khan: Otis joined from Manchester United at the age of 16 and has impressed at all levels this season, earning his first team debut against Crawley in March.

Jamie McDonagh: A Northern Irish international, Jamie has had a frustrating season - breaking his leg playing for his country in July. He has now returned to competitive action and he will be looking to rediscover the form that saw him involved with the first-team during pre-season.

Ben Whiteman: Ben is a cultured midfielder that has also impressed with performances at centre-half for the U21s. A series of excellent displays in the FA Youth Cup have now been rewarded.

Kyle Scarisbrick will also remain with the club next season. Having dislocated his shoulder putting in an excellent display against his old club, Everton, in the FA Youth Cup quarter final the club has extended his contract to give him time to return to action.

The new pros, minus Connor Dimaio, who was on first team duty at the time, line up for the camera with coaches Travis Binnion, John Dungworth and Jamie Annerson

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