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Keenan becomes latest Futures success story

14 December 2016

The Blades have handed a youngster, who has impressed whilst with the club's Futures programme, the chance of a scholarship with the Academy.

Keenan Ferguson has become the latest player to make the transition from the United's Futures course into the Blades U18s squad, with the defender penning an initial deal until the end of the current campaign.

The 16-year-old follows in the footsteps of Brodie Litchfield and Nathaniel Crofts in coming through a programme that is designed to give youngsters a second chance to make the grade at a professional club.

Speaking of Ferguson's arrival, Academy Manager Travis Binnion commented: "Keenan has earnt this opportunity through his performances for the U18s this season.

"He is an athletic and aggressive defender, one who has a lot of potential and a lot of hard work ahead of him.

"Our recruitment strategy through the Futures programme gives late developers more time to progress in order to re-enter the system."

Head Coach of the United's Futures programme, Lee Dunn added: "This is more evidence that the programme is delivering it's aspiration of putting young, local talented footballers back into the professional environment.

"Keenan's success is excellent news for everyone who works so hard and endeavours to help these young players make the most of their ability.

"Whilst we must celebrate the success of Keenan, we will continue to work hard to find our next signing within the programme."

If you believe you could be the next to progress through United Futures Programmes then submit an application for the 2017 intake.

Applicants have to attend some practical trials and pass a formal interview before being offered a course place.

Students study for an Extended BTEC Diploma in Sport, Performance and Excellence at Level 3 (equivalent to 3 A Levels). Also, they spend part of their week training with the Academy at Shirecliffe, gaining an insight into the workings of a professional football club, shadowing senior staff and having access to Academy training and first-team matches.

For more information or to express an interest contact Lee Dunn at The Sheffield College via email at

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