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Newmarket-on-Fergus’ Harvey Cullinan has signed his first professional contract with Sheffield United.

In April 2019, Cullinan first joined Sheffield Utd forming part of their professional development squad, it followed a number of trials with English clubs off the back of his exploits at club and county level.

He has now put pen to paper on his first professional contract with The Blades having shown himself to be a key member of their U18 side this season. The displays of the midfielder have resulted in him lining out at U23 level for the club.

Announcement of his contract signing comes days after his former club Newmarket Celtic posted an old picture online ahead of Shane Cusack’s move to Colchester Utd which also featured Harvey who was then part of the club’s youngest side.

The Cullinan link to Newmarket Celtic has existed for some time with Harvey’s uncle Darren a former captain of the club’s A team while his uncle Donal is a former treasurer of the club.

“All at Newmarket Celtic are immensely proud and would once again like to congratulate Harvey, his family and all the coaches who have helped in his development,” a spokesperson for the club said on Thursday.

Even while appearing for the Newmarket-on-Fergus hurlers, Harvey’s kicking and scoring ability was clear to see. During an U15 quarter-final in 2017, he scored two points from play, both of which saw him kick the sliotar between the posts from his left boot. Club PRO Colm Liddy recalled that the teenager was “a decent hurler” as he congratulated him on behalf of the GAA club for his continued progression.

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