Sheffield United: Blades keep check on young trio at Halifax

Nigel Adkins
Nigel Adkins

Sheffield United are closely monitoring events at FC Halifax as they look to prevent three of their young players being left in limbo.

Julian Banton, David Brooks and CJ Hamilton are all on loan at The Shay, where Neil Aspin was sacked as manager last week, after being placed with the National League side to further their development.

With Aspin responsible for signing the United trio, the identity of his successor could have a huge bearing on their future involvement.

Blades boss Nigel Adkins said: “When we found out what had happened I spoke with (under-21 coach) Morgs (Chris Morgan). We’ll see what happens with the new guy coming in.

“We think it’s good for their development, at this period in time, for them to go there and progress. They’ve trained since but we’ll see what the situation is.”

Adkins added: “We’ve put a mentorship programme together, if you like, so we have them watched every single game. They are in our development programme and the objective of that is to keep them developing so they have an opportunity to get into our first team.”

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United host Doncaster Rovers at Bramall Lane this weekend and, with the likes of Paul Coutts and Matt Done all returning to training following injury, Adkins conceded he could be tempted to allow younger members of his squad to leave South Yorkshire during the emergency loan window.

“We had 24 outfield players out on the grass before Bradford,” Adkins said. “Obviously, we can’t select everybody and we want to get it right in terms of ensuring people get the correct amount of game time.

“But we’ve got a busy period coming up ourselves and so we’ve got to balance that objective with what’s best for this football club right now, what leaves us in the best possible position at this moment in the season. It’s something we are always aware of going forward.”