Sheffield United goalkeeper George Long has admitted he longs to play in the Premier League and follow in the footsteps of boyhood hero Paddy Kenny by helping to lead the Blades back to the top flight.
The 22 year old goalkeeper recently made his 100th appearance for the Blades, and has firmly become the number 1 goalkeeper at Bramall Lane under manager Nigel Adkins.
In an interview with the Yorkshire Post, Long admitted his desire to play in the top flight, saying;
“You see a lot of younger ‘keepers now,” said Sheffield-born Long. There’s Sam Johnstone, Jack Butland (Stoke City) is playing for England and Declan Rudd (Norwich City) too.
It’s a case of if you’re good enough, then you’ll get your chance. It’s brilliant to see so many young ‘keepers getting their chance now at the highest level and, hopefully, I’ll be playing in the Premier League too.”
Long made his debut in the 2010/11 season as a 17 year old, before going on to cement the number one spot under ex manager Danny Wilson, keeping over 20 clean sheets in his first full season in the sticks. He has been called up numerous times to the England under 21 squad but has failed to make an appearance for them.
The Blades currently sit 11th in League one, 5 points off the play off places and take on Doncaster Rovers this weekend in what is a must win local derby game for them.