The Isthmian League South Central side Bracknell Town have announced that one of their players has left to join Sheffield United.
Josh Smith is said to have signed a two-year scholarship deal with the Premier League outfit following a trial spell, which understood to have begun in October last year.
Smith, who is only 15, had been playing for Bracknell's Under-18s.
Tweeting about the teenager's Sheffield United switch, his former coach, Aaron Steadman, wrote:
Huge well done to @DanMuino @peterbarryjones who have been massive in Josh’s development. Also a huge well done to our @ACYFLofficial U18’s squad and our @IsthmianLeague U18’s squad who have been so supportive of Josh. They really have been a big part of his development— Aaron Steadman (@SteadmanAaron) January 13, 2020
Smith is the latest youngster to have earned a contract at Bramall Lane after impressing on trial.
Connor Leak-Blunt (Leeds United), Kamarl Grant (Kinetic Academy), Tashae Andall-Gibbons and Iliman Ndiaye (both Rising Ballers Academy) have all signed this season alone.
And there was a run-out for the free-agent Dutch defender, Noah van Geenen, in Sheffield United Under-23s' defeat to Burnley on Monday afternoon.
Whether or not Van Geenen did enough to join them on the Blades' books remains to be seen, however.
The 20-year-old is currently without a club after leaving Sparta Rotterdam last summer and had prior spells at ADO Den Haag, AFC Amsterdam and Ajax.
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