Sheffield United will continue to monitor non-league football for young prospects under Nigel Adkins, the club’s new head of recruitment has confirmed.
Lee Turnbull, who moved to Bramall Lane last week from Scunthorpe United, made the admission after pointing to the example of Che Adams, who impressed last season after signing from Ilkeston FC.
“I have travelled extensively around Europe and built up a network of contacts,” Turnbull said.
“But we’re also very aware of the market in the United Kingdom, especially in the lower leagues and down into non-league. Che is a great example. We’ve got to work to the structure of the club and where we want to go but it’s an exciting time ahead. We have some very good players already at this club but it’s important to strengthen and bring in more quality, too.”
Turnbull, who worked with Adkins at Scunthorpe, was responsible for signing the likes of Billy Sharp, Martin Paterson, Gary Hooper and Andy Keogh during his time at Glanford Park. When sold, the four players made a profit of around £6m for the Iron.
United reported for pre-season training yesterday, with many of the squad meeting Adkins - for the first time since he succeeded Nigel Clough at the Bramall Lane helm - before undergoing a fitness assessment ahead of their first friendly, at Ilkeston, on July 18.