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Brave cancer survivor Max given Blades contract

11 February 2015

An eight-year-old cancer survivor has been given a special contract by his beloved Sheffield United in recognition of his bravery.

Blades fan Max Davies, from Beighton, was given a 'one night contract' with United ahead of the Club's home league clash with Colchester United.

After putting pen to paper in manager Nigel Clough's office, the youngster was given a Blades shirt with his name and the number 90 on and an official scholar's top.

He also received a special copy of his contract, signed by himself and the Blades manager, before taking his place with his fellow scholars behind the away dug out for the game, while his father Craig, 42, mother Sarah, 38, and sister Lily, 12, watched on from the directors' box.

Max, a pupil at Brook House Junior School, was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in February 2013 after stomach aches turned out to be a tumour on his bowel.

After having the tumour removed at Sheffield Children's Hospital, Max underwent three months of aggressive chemotherapy to treat the cancer, which made him sick, lose his hair and get ulcers.

The brave youngster has since been cancer free for 18 months and he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he led the Blades out as a mascot in their FA Cup tie with Fulham last year. His family have also raised more than £13,000 for the Sheffield Children's Hospital where medics helped to save Max's life.

Jim Phipps, co-chairman of United, said: "Young Max exemplifies our core values as a club. He's shown strength through adversity, never quits and consistently treats others with kindness and thoughtfulness.

"Max's football talents may someday prove essential to the prospects of our great club, but for today it is enough to add Max's good cheer, positivity and fighting spirit to our ranks. We are delighted to welcome to the Club Max the Blade!"

Max's mother Sarah said: "Sheffield United have been so supportive of our family since Max was diagnosed.

"He lives and breathes football and attends Bramall Lane most weeks to cheer on his beloved team so this was a magnificent experience for him and one I'm sure he will remember forever.

"Sheffield United have made another one of Max's dreams come true and as a family we cannot thank them enough."

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