Blades favourite Brian Deane back at Sheffield United to help youngsters

FORMER Sheffield United favourite Brian Deane has renewed his links with the club to help potential stars of the future.

Brian Deane, scoring Sheffield United's first Premiership goal against Manchester United in August 1992.

Deane, who played 224 games for United in three spells scoring 94 goals and made three appearances for England, will work with the club’s young strikers at the SteelPhalt Sheffield United Academy as well as being involved in recruitment, being an ambassador and sharing his experiences with coaching staff.

Deane joins experienced coach and manager Mick Wadsworth and ex-player Derek ‘Del’ Geary who have recently joined the club and are working closely with Academy boss Nick Cox and the teams of coaches and specialist staff.

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“As everyone knows I have never really severed my links with The Blades – they have always been my club,” said Deane.

“Following discussions with vice chairman David Green and Nick Cox we identified I could work with the emerging strikers here at the SteelPhalt Sheffield United Academy, passing on my experiences from the game, coaching and generally help with the development of the strikers across a number of age groups.”

Brian, now 47, has just completed a managerial stint in Norway where he was boss at top-flight club Sarpsborg. He scored the first ever goal in the Premier League, for the Blades against Manchester United. As well as United, he also played for Leeds, Benfica, Middlesbrough, Leicester and West Ham.

Cox added: “It is great to have Brian back and we know he will prove to be a real asset for the Academy bringing as he does his coaching skills and knowledge of the game as a successful striker at the highest level.

“Brian’s appointment alongside the likes of Under-21 coach Chris Morgan and Under-18 coach Travis Binnion will enable us to provide invaluable experience to our young players where we have enjoyed considerable success in recent years.

“The coaching staff is the strongest it has been in my time at the Club.”