Sheffield United’s commitment to securing top prospects for the future is a huge part of their current scouting operation. Academy manager Derek Geary and head of academy recruitment Steve Holmes have been actively working behind the scenes, orchestrating moves aimed at establishing a solid foundation for the years ahead.
A recent influx of young players highlights the club’s dedication to nurture talent within one of English football’s most prolific academies. Sheffield United’s emphasis on development is evident, with the number of academy players earning first-team debuts consistently increasing in recent seasons.
This summer has seen the arrival of promising talents such as forward Ryan Oné from Hamilton, Zach Giggs from Manchester United, and skilled defender Evan Easton, formerly with Celtic. Additionally, players from prestigious clubs like Chelsea and Brighton have joined, aspiring to follow in the footsteps of success stories like Iliman Ndiaye, Will Osula and Daniel Jebbison.
Geary told SUTV: “We are here at half seven in the morning teaching them and their specific needs. I think when they see that and how much care and support we put into them and how aligned we are as a football club. We have a pathway if you are good enough and the manager comes down and speaks to the kid, he’s all in.
“It’s an open house, this place at the minute, everyone is around each other and supporting each other. As academy manager, I am probably the luckiest academy manager around to have that support from above.”