A general view of the stadium during the Slovenia v Portugal UEFA European Under-17 Championship 2018 Group B football match at Chesterfield FC Stadium, Chesterfield, UK on the 7th May 2018. Photo: Philip Oldham for FA

Highly-rated Sheffield United midfielder goes Stateside

Highly-rated Sheffield United midfielder Izzy Ford has left the club to take up a scholarship with the University of South Alabama in the United States.

Like so many other young players, the teenager will combine her studies with her football. She will represent South Alabama Soccer during her time Stateside.

The 17-year-old midfielder’s departure was confirmed by Sheffield United via their official Twitter account earlier this afternoon.

After graduating through Sheffield United’s Regional Talent Centre (RTC), Ford went on to make her senior debut for the club during the 2018/2019 campaign at just 16 years of age.

Following an impressive maiden cameo against London Bees, United boss Carla Ward soon handed Ford her first start as The Blades took on Lewes in the FA Women’s Championship. The youngster netted just 17 minutes into her full debut as her side defeated The Rookettes 3-2 at Olympic Legacy Park.

Given the much-increased level of competition at Sheffield United this season, Ford has found game time hard to come by and the player has had to be content with watching on from the bench as The Blades have challenged for promotion to the Barclays FA Women’s Super League.

Ford will now be looking to kick on during her time in the United States with the aim of carving out a successful professional career in the game.

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