THE LATEST product off the Guiseley Academy production line to join a Football League club is 17-year-old striker Jake Young, who has signed for Sheffield United until 2020/21.

Young joined the Lions in 2017 from Shelley Juniors and he progressed through the Academy, playing in the National Youth Alliance, to be included in the first-team squad this season.

The Huddersfield-born hitman caught the eye of a number of Championship and Premiership clubs, with the Blades bagging his signature.

In a trial period at Bramall Lane, which began in November, he played regularly for the U23s, scoring the winner on his debut at Birmingham City with his first touch.

He went on to catch the eye of Blades boss Chris Wilder in a behind closed doors game against Wigan Athletic and was subsequently offered a pro deal.

Guiseley head of youth Dave Currie said: “Jake is a great example of what can be achieved with hard work and a strong self-belief.

"He has came from a Sunday League club and is now a professional football player at a top Championship club. "Jake is an example to every young player that anything is possible and his move underlines the opportunities available for players at Guiseley Academy. We wish him all the very best in the future.”

Young joins an ever-growing line of Guiseley Academy scholars who have turned professional, with striker Ben Whitfield having joined Bournemouth and now moved on to Port Vale, Jacob Brown joining Barnsley and goalkeeper Tom Stewart having joined Morecambe.

Two other products of the Academy, Will Thornton and Scott Smith, are currently in Guiseley’s first-team squad.