New Sheffield United signing Christopher Farrugia could have been a Sheffield Wednesday player.

The young goalkeeper has joined the Blades academy, but was actually on trial with Wednesday first.

“Sheffield United monitored my trial with Wednesday closely. There were even United scouts during my first game with Wednesday,” Farrugia told

“After my one week trial with Wednesday, United made it clear that they were keen for me to sign with them. They then offered me a scholarship with the club and I accepted.”

This is Farrugia’s first move abroad, having spent his entire career so far in his native Malta. The 17-year-old was most recently at Floriana and was training with their first team.

Farrugia is now looking forward to linking up with his new club following their promotion to the Premier League. The teenager will be alongside the likes of Jake Eastwood and Marcus Dewhurst in the youth ranks.

“From a young age my dream was to someday go and play abroad as I knew this would be the best for my development,” Farrugia continued.

“Hopefully this step up will shape my footballing career. Especially with United becoming a Premier League team this will help me learn from more great players that will be at the club.

“With the facilities like United’s and all the tools one needs to improve and grow as a player, I am confident about my move to Bramall Lane.”

Farrugia future at Sheffield United

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The youngster does have a tricky route to the first team. The aforementioned Eastwood is already pushing to be in Wilder’s squad with three senior appearances to date.

Dewhurst is also highly rated having recently been called up by England Under-18s.

Meanwhile, the Sheffield Star reports Dean Henderson is expected to return on loan from Manchester United. It’s likely Henderson will re-sign before heading to the Under-21 European Championships on June 16.

Simon Moore will continue as his backup in the top flight.

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