Sheffield United allow 20-year-old defender to leave Bramall Lane

After completing a successful 6-month loan spell with Scottish outfit Queen of the South, youth prospect Callum Semple has left Sheffield United after completing a permanent transfer to the Doonhamers rivals’ Ross County. 

Returning to Bramall Lane earlier this month, Semple was assessed by Chris Wilder and his coaching staff, before signing an 18-month contract with the Scottish Championship club.

Despite being born and raised in Sheffield, Semple’s parents are both from Scotland which has gained him the eligibility to represent Scotland on an international level, which made his profile even more appealing to Ross County co-managers Steven Ferguson and Stuart Kettlewell.

Semple, a product of the Blades’ youth academy, has played in red and white and for over 10 years, and appeared to be on the verge of breaking into Chris Wilder’s first team nearly two years ago. However, after facing a serious knee injury which nearly sidelined the central defender for 12 months, his chances were cut short in Sheffield.

Regardless of his injury problems, the defender excelled under Gary Naysmith at Queen of the South ,making 27 appearances in all competitions. Semple was a pivotal part of Naysmith’s side, which sat comfortably in the playoffs just before he returned to Sheffield. He also managed to score his first professional goal in a Queen of the South shirt, towering over a Greenock Morton defender in a game which ended 2-2.

Semple’s arrival at the Dingwell club comes following a flurry of activity in the January transfer window, as he joins Daniel Armstrong, Kenny van der Weg, and Lewis Spence to the Highlands where the Staggies are in a fantastic position to return to Scotland’s top flight next term.

The 20-year-olds new employers sit three points clear of their competition, however they could lose the top spot if Ayr are able to beat Dundee United on Friday night.



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