Schoolboy Sam hopes to cut it with ‘Blades’

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Sam McClellan, a Year 11 student at Ponteland High, recently played in three trial matches with Sheffield United Football Club.

He impressed the ‘Blades’ by scoring goals in all three matches and as a result Sam has been offered and accepted a two year scholarship contract with the Yorkshire club.

Steve Holmes, Head of Recruitment at Sheffield United, attended Ponteland High School for Sam to sign his contract with the club.

He said: “Sam’s initial trial allowed him to showcase his ability to the Academy staff after having impressed in a fixture at our training ground for his boys club in Wallsend.

“During this time, he scored six goals in three games and demonstrated the potential that we require for a scholarship. We are very pleased that Sam has accepted a two year deal and we very much look forward to developing him as a player for the future”

Sam will start with SUFC on July 1.