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Ryan Giggs’ son has left Manchester United to sign a youth contract at Sheffield United ahead of the Blades’ Premier League return. After a successful trial, Zach Giggs ended his four-year stay at Carrington to continue his career at Bramall Lane on a scholarship.
On Tuesday, the 16-year-old was pictured putting pen to paper at Sheffield United as he starts a new chapter in Yorkshire.
Behind him, a wall read ‘The Academy of Opportunity’, featuring ex-Blades stars such as United captain Harry Maguire and fellow England internationals Kyle Walker and Dominic Calvert-Lewin.
Giggs would’ve hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps at United, where he won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues while making the most appearances in the club’s history.
But rather than waiting to be offered a professional contract, he has made the switch to a club that could provide a pathway to Premier League football.
Sheffield United’s hopes of signing Giggs after his April trial at Shirecliffe were dampened due to an EFL transfer embargo over non-payment of outstanding transfer money.
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However, the club’s return to the English top flight has seen the ban lifted, helping agree a deal with the Old Trafford giants.
Paul Heckingbottom has guided Sheffield United to promotion back into the Premier League, finishing second in the Championship behind runaway champions Burnley.
Giggs will have hoped to follow in his father’s footsteps at United, where he won 13 league titles and two Champions Leagues while making the most appearances in the club’s history.
But he could emulate the iconic No 11 by making his Premier League debut next term, though he will likely remain within the youth ranks as he develops.
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In April, Heckingbottom remained coy on his interest in Giggs, claiming that academy manager Derek Geary was leading youth recruitment.
He said: “There’s nothing I can say on it, but I know he’s [Giggs] in [for a trial]. It would be Del [Derek Geary, academy manager] making a decision on that.
“We had a meeting last week talking about the scholars and the lads who are going to stay on and be first-year pros. It’s important to be involved in it, but I want them to back their decision.
“It wouldn’t be independent, but if someone has been working with a player for four weeks and wants to put their name to them, then brilliant, I’ll back them.”
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