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Young professionals sign

13 April 2016

United's desire to create a clear pathway for Academy graduates to progress through to the first-team squad has seen four young professionals sign new deals with the Club.

Ben Whiteman, who made his Football League debut for the Blades earlier this season and David Brooks, who was unused substitute against Crewe Alexandra and Southend United last month have committed their immediate futures to United, along with highly-rated goalkeeper Jake Eastwood and promising striker Jake Wright.

Prior to making his league debut against Oldham Athletic in March, Whiteman, 19, made his debut for the Blades in the FA Cup last season and has skippered the U21s, showing his versatility, playing in both defence and midfield.

Brooks, 18, joined from Manchester City in 2015 and is another who has been instrumental to the success of United's development side this term, whilst he also enjoyed a loan spell with Halifax Town earlier this season.

Sheffield-born 19-year-old Eastwood, who has had experience of being away within England training camps previously, has overcome shoulder surgery to play a part for both the U18s and U21 this campaign and Wright, also 19, has been a regular scorer for the U21s this season, after enjoying a goal-laden loan spell with Hallam FC.

Speaking of the aforementioned quartet, boss Nigel Adkins remarked: "An important part of a player's development is to have the hunger and attitude to work hard at their game and the passion to play football at the highest possible standard. We are pleased to give these lads more opportunity to develop and endeavour to be first team regulars at Bramall Lane."​

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