Sheffield United striker Jake Wright will be a star in professional football, says Hallam boss Ryan Hindley

Sheffield United's Jake Wright
Sheffield United's Jake Wright

Jake Wright has returned to parent club Sheffield United following a hugely successful spell at Hallam, with a glowing tribute from Countrymen boss Ryan Hindley.

The young striker had been on work experience at Sandygate Road since the beginning of December and hit 14 goals.

Remarkably, he scored in every one of his seven appearances for Hallam - an outstanding record at any level of football.

And Hindley said: “Jake is the best player I have worked with. I can see him going from strength to strength, and we are looking at someone who I believe will have a very successful professional career.

“He loves playing football and scoring goals.”

With last weekend’s home clash against Penistone Church postponed due to snow, Wright’s last game for the club was the 4-0 win at Worsbrough Bridge 10 days ago - where he scored two goals and had a hand in the other two.

He also netted a hat-trick in his previous outing, an 8-1 demolition of Lincoln Moorlands Railway, and Hindley added: “He’s a natural goalscorer. His movement is top class. He gets in behind defences, and his finishing is clinical... you just know when he gets through on goal, he’s going to score.

“But it’s not about goals. Jake’s all round play is top quality and his first touch is excellent. He brings other people into play and he is also a very brave player.”

Hindley added: “Jake came here and immediately fitted in.

“He was just one of the lads in the dressing room and got on with everyone.

“I think playing men’s football in the NCEL, at the likes of Hemsworth and Clipstone, will have helped his footballing education. and if he makes it in the professional world and comes back in a few years and shakes my hand, saying Hallam helped his career, that’ll do for me.

“I’ll be a very proud man.”

Despite the loss of Wright, the Hallam boss believes forward Jonathan Fusco, who is on work experience from Sheffield Wednesday, can have a similar impact.

“Jonathan is another exceptional talent and a very focused player who is a pleasure to work with,” said Hindley.

“I think he needs to remain with us for a while to aid his development but that decision is out of our hands.

“But for now we’re delighted to have him here and I’m sure he can step up to the plate if he is allowed to do so.”

Meanwhile, Hindley confirmed that he had brought in experienced striker Vill Powell from Handsworth Parramore.