Sheffield United youngster Frankie Maguire has sealed a new contract with the club, confirming his new deal on Twitter yesterday.
Maguire emerged last season as one of the stars of the youth set-up. He was subsequently rewarded with a place on the bench under Chris Wilder. He made the cut five times, although he never actually got minutes.
However, like so many at the club, he is considered a star of the future and will have seen the likes of Daniel Jebbison and Femi Seriki show the pathway to first-team football.
Maguire hasn’t travelled to Spain with the first-team squad. That suggests another season in the under-23s, or even a possible loan move. But there are high hopes among those inside the club for Maguire.
Indeed, Darren Currie – who stood in for Paul Heckingbottom last term – was among those to praise the youngster for sealing a new contract.
Currie was integral to the under-23s and 18s continuing their success last season when Heckingbottom went up to the first-team.
His praise, then, will ring nicely in the ears of Maguire.
New kids on the block?
United have a rich history of producing young players who go on to do the business. England have Kyle Walker, Harry Maguire, and Dom Calvert-Lewin all in the Euros squad, while Aaron Ramsdale is also there.
This latest batch could well be the next to follow in their footsteps. Some of the talent looks to have the potential to really make an impact.
Iliman Ndiaye is very well regarded at Bramall Lane. He has yet to sign a new deal, but hopes remain the club can tie him down. Everyone has seen what Daniel Jebbison can do, while Zak Brunt and Femi Seriki could make an impact.
Ky Gordon is another, while Antwoine Hackford has already experienced Premier League football under Wilder. There are others, too, such as Oliver Arblaster and Harrison Boyes who are making an impression.
The future looks extremely bright for United. We just need to hope the club invests in the facilities, after Ollie Norwood’s concerning comments yesterday.