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Zak's brothers visit as part of EFL Day of Disabilities

3 December 2018

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Zak Brunt, an apprentice at the Sheffield United Academy, decided that it would be good to do something for EFL Day of Disabilities and asked if his brothers could come and visit him at the SteelPhalt Shirecliffe training complex.

Nial and Reece Brunt have today (Monday) had a look around the facilities as well watch their brother train and to end the day they have been able to watch the first team be put through their paces by manager Chris Wilder.

Zak's older brothers, Nial and Reece, are twins and are now 20-years-old. Although born healthy, complications arose due to their premature birth and both have Cerebral Palsy and serious visual impairment. Both boys have a great sense of humour and love football.

Reece says: "I want Zak to do well but I'm a Chesterfield season ticket holder," while brother Nial adds: "I'll follow Zak where he goes to play so I'm a Blade. I just want to watch him play."

Zak has this to say about his brothers: "Nial and Reece are absolutely amazing to be around, constantly bringing a smile to my face. Reece is the quiet one, however, he never fails to give me a telling off for playing for Sheffield United as he is a Chesterfield fan.

"Nial on the other hand supports me wherever I go. He travelled away to QPR to come and support me in my first league game for the Blades, I'm so happy that they can both be involved in what they love, despite their disabilities and I wish there was more opportunities for them so they can experience it all. I don't want them to miss out.

"My aim in football is to make them both proud and do what I can to make them happy."

Attacking midfielder Zak, 17, joined United in the summer and is a first year scholar. He has featured for both United's U18s and U23s teams this season.


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