Sheffield United: Academy trio answer first team call

Graham Kelly made his Sheffield United debut last season 
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Graham Kelly made his Sheffield United debut last season �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved

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Sheffield United have drafted three Steelphalt Academy graduates into their first team squad.

As Bramall Lane’s hierarchy press ahead with attempts to secure Chris Wilder’s leading transfer targets, the League One club’s manager demonstrated home-grown talent will also have an important role to play next term by asking “three of our lads” to train with the senior players.

Callum Semple (third right) has been selected to train with Chris Wilder's first team squad

Callum Semple (third right) has been selected to train with Chris Wilder's first team squad

“They’ve done well and they’re working with us now,” Wilder said. “Now they’ve got to prove their worth like everybody else. That’s a constant process, no matter how old you are, every single day.”

Callum Semple has impressed Wilder following his appointment with coaching staff predicting the centre-half could make his debut during the closing stages of the forthcoming campaign, Ben Whiteman, Graham Kelly and Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who played under Wilder during a loan spell at Northampton Town last season, are expected to feature. Crucially Aaron Ramsdale, an England youth international, could be tasked with deputising for George Long if Wilder decides not to bolster his goalkeeping options.

“This club has spent good money on the academy,” Wilder added. “So we’ll use it properly or what’s the point?”

Ben Whiteman has impressed since graduating from the Steelphalt Academy 
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Ben Whiteman has impressed since graduating from the Steelphalt Academy �2016 Sport Image all rights reserved