Sheffield United youngster Oliver Arblaster has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with the Championship club, with an option for a further 12 months.

Despite his inexperience, Arblaster – who will turn 19 in January – has impressed both coaching staff and teammates with his mature performances and was rewarded with a league debut for his boyhood club, Hull City, after making his first-team debut earlier in the season in the EFL Cup. “Playing for Sheffield United was obviously a dream come true for me, having supported them my entire life,” Arblaster said. Key Blade’s candid admission about his contract status, with a deal set to expire in the summer


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“It’s a huge accomplishment that my family and I are very proud of.”

Arblaster has been a United player since the age of six, and Paul Heckingbottom, the Blades manager and former U23s manager, believes he will be a first-team regular in the coming years.

“This is where I want to be and who I want to play for,” Arblaster told SUTV.

“Being in and around first-team players, as well as training with them every day, has only helped me at this age.” So I’m on a high. Oliver Arblaster celebrates victory for his boyhood club Sheffield United against Hull City: Sportimage / Simon Bellis United suffers a significant injury setback as the Bosnian FA issues a troubling verdict. “Being in and around people who have played hundreds of career games in the league obviously helps my game.” I’m doing everything I can, day in and day out, to learn from them and improve my game. When asked for a footballing hero, Arblaster mentioned midfielder Ollie Norwood as a player he keeps an eye on the most in training and games. When Arblaster was a ball-boy in front of the Kop, the two were pictured celebrating one of Sharp’s goals, and they are now teammates at Bramall Lane. In the presence of some of his proud family, Oliver Arblaster signs a new contract with Sheffield United: Sportimage/Simon Bellis Former Manchester United player takes over as Owls manager for the first time. “He was constantly scoring goals, and who doesn’t look up to him?” Sharp, according to Arblaster. “I used to have a season ticket when I was younger, then I went ball-boying in front of the Kop, and now I’m in and around it.” Isn’t this every Sheffield United fan’s dream? So far, I’m enjoying it.” While you’re here, please consider signing up for our new discounted sports-only package. All the information is available HERE. Your help is greatly appreciated. Football Editor Chris Holt