Cameron Hawkes signs for Bradford City after leaving Sheffield United

A general view of Bramall Lane before the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Brentford at Bramall Lane on August 5, 2017 in Sheffield, England.

The former Sheffield United midfielder has agreed a deal with Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.

A general view of the Coral Windows Stadium before the Sky Bet League One match between Bradford City and Barnsley at Coral Windows Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Bradford, England.

Bradford City have signed Cameron Hawkes after his departure from Yorkshire rivals Sheffield United, the Telegraph & Argus reports.

The teenage midfielder was a second-year scholar at Sheffield United, but has agreed a deal until the end of the 2018-19 season at Bradford, according to BBC West Yorkshire Sport.

Existing Bradford youngsters George Sykes-Kenworthy and Callum Gunner have also signed up at Valley Parade, penning respective two-year and one-year [extension] contracts.

Speaking to the Telegraph & Argus, Greg Abbott - the Bantams' head of recruitment - explained: "These three deals are all about beginning to look towards next season and putting the plans in place.

Carlisle United manager Greg Abbott looks on during the League One match between Milton Keynes Dons and Carlisle United at stadium mk on March 27, 2012 in Milton Keynes, England.

"There are two levels of recruitment. You obviously have your first-team level recruitment, which we are on with now at this moment. And then there is recruitment behind that as well. This is where Callum, Cameron and George come in."

Hawkes, who is still awaiting his senior debut, will link up with four former Sheffield United first team players - Tony McMahon, Matthew Kilgallon, Nicky Law and Dominic Poleon - at Bradford.

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The 17-year-old is described by the Blades' official website as "[a] tough tackling midfielder who can also dictate the play".

It is not uncommon for clubs to sanction early departures for academy players at this time of year, giving them an extended period in which to secure new employment.

Ninth-placed Bradford will be hoping to accompany Sheffield United in next season's Championship.

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