24th April 2018
Congratulations to York College/i2i Football Development Centre player Harry Sheppeard on signing a two-year deal for Sheffield United.
Over the last two years Harry, aged 19 and formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School, has studied the Extended Diploma in Sport and has been an integral member of the i2i/York College side, enjoying great success reaching three national finals and winning one.
Harry is following in the footsteps of former York College FDC players who have now progressed into the professional game: Alfie Beestin (Doncaster Rovers), Romario Vieira (Leeds United) as well as Ronaldo Vieira (Leeds United).
Full-back Harry has been a regular in the U21’s setup for the past two seasons and was given his chance in the Tadcaster Albion first team this year. Since breaking into their first team, Harry made 18 appearances recording one goal and one assist from right-back. His blistering pace and direct running down the right-hand side has seen him become a favourite amongst the terraces.
Harry says: “I am delighted to have signed for Sheffield United and can’t wait to get started. I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone involved with York College/i2i because without their coaching I wouldn’t be in the position that I am in now. Over the last two years they have helped me develop massively as a player - it has been a great experience.”
“The College lads are a top set of lads and it’s been great to share the two years with them and having the success we have had is a huge bonus. It would be fitting and the perfect way to end the two years reaching another National Final, going out on a high.” “I knew I had to work hard and be patient for my chance and take it when it came around. Playing regularly in the second half of the season and holding down my position has been a challenge but has brought me on as a player.”
York College Development Centre Coordinator Gaz Lee is very proud of Harry and says: "The news is no less than what he deserves. He has been a fundamental part of our success over the past two seasons and he has become a real role model for the others on the programme. This is another great milestone in the partnership between York College and i2i continuing to not only educate students but also helping them achieve their goal of playing professional football. To have produced four students in the past two years that have gone onto professional teams with a full educational qualification is a real endorsement of the quality of the programme."
Head of i2i Academy Michael Morton said “We are delighted for Harry, he is a great lad with huge potential. We have a formula here at i2i that is working. We are proud of all our players and look forward to helping many more achieve their ambitions in the game. We have been immensely impressed by all at Sheffield United, their scouting system has been first class. It is a perfect fit for Harry, he is joining a fantastic club and they will give him every chance to make it in the game.”