Young centre-back Ashton Hall is determined to prove boyhood club Sheffield United wrong.

The 17-year-old Matlock Town Academy player was released by the Blades at the age of 14 after being told he was too small for a centre-back. Since then, Hall has overcome that big disappointment to earn himself a two-year contract at Evo-Stik outfit Matlock.

“I want to prove Sheffield United wrong,” he said. “They released me due to being too small. At the time I was 5ft 9ins tall and now I’m 6ft 2.”
“I’ve proved them wrong to an extent, but I need to keep working if I want to make it as a professional.”

The Gladiators’ starlet, who also had a brief spell as a youngster at Rotherham United, was also critical of the Blades. “I do support Sheffield United but I didn’t enjoy it there. I like it at Matlock, they bring out the best in me.”

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