Date:Saturday July 14 2012
John Cofie , still only 19 first rose to prominence as a youth player at Burnley five years ago at the age of 14 and became subject of a battle between Premier League high-flyers, Manchester United. Chelsea and Liverpool for his signature.
In the end, United won their battle to sign the striker in July 2007 and the young prospect then seemed to disappear off the radar for a time. In the end he joined United's Belgian feeder club, Royal Antwerp`s on loan for the second half of last season but is now back in the UK after agreeing to join League One, Sheffield United on a season-long loan.
The England youth international on Friday became Sheffield United`s first signing of the summer and any thoughts that Burnley might have been offered first refusal on any loan possibility clearly never materialised unless of course we simply said no.
Sheffield United were made aware of the talent when he played against them for the Red Devils in the the 2011 FA Youth Cup Final
"It`s great that this is a club that likes to work with young players and develop them," Cofie said
"That was definitely a factor in coming here.
"We (Manchester United) won the cup but it was such a difficult tie and Sheffield United were an excellent side.
"The atmosphere that night was amazing too and I could hardly hear myself think.
"So that`s why, when I heard there was a chance to come here, Ididn`t have to think twice. I know I`m going to learn so much and I`m determined to contribute too."
"It`s a good thing there are lots of us around the same age," Cofie added.
"And that should really help me settle in.""They're one of the best teams in this division and I'm here to play well and hopefully help them get promotion," he told BBC Radio Sheffield.
"My agent called me a couple of weeks back and told me they were interested in getting me and I jumped at the chance.
"I enjoyed myself playing in Belgium last season but I feel like this is a step up."
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