Sheffield United's Harry Maguire has been named the August Young Player of the Month for the npower Football League.

Starting all eight of the Blades' August npower League 1, Carling Cup and Johnstone's Paint Trophy fixtures, Maguire was a key force in ensuring United remained unbeaten in the League conceding just three goals.

In an impressive month, the 18-year-old centre-half also headed his first senior goal in the club's season opener at Oldham Athletic.

Last term, Maguire featured in the Sheffield United team that reached the FA Youth Cup Final and were beaten on aggregate by Manchester United.

In receiving the award, Harry Maguire said: "It is a great achievement in my first season to get an award like this. I told my mum and dad as soon as I heard the news and they were really pleased for me.

"It has been a great start to the season for the club - we have the best defensive record and I scored my first goal, it doesn't get any better than that".

And Sheffield United Manager, Danny Wilson added: "One thing about Harry is his calmness which is fantastic for such a young boy. He has still got a lot to learn but he is playing well and the accolade is well deserved.

"We are trying to bring through one or two young players each month and hopefully in 12 months time we'll have a group of established players".

Each season, Football League clubs invest more than £40m on identifying, training and educating the next generation of football talent. Around a third of this money (£12.6m) is provided by the Football Association and Premier League. There are 8,500 young players registered with League clubs making Football League Youth Development the largest centrally co-ordinated young player programme in world football.

Head of Youth Development at The Football League, David Wetherall said: "Harry has made a huge impact for Sheffield United in the opening month of the season. In defence, he has been integral to what has been a strong start by the Blades, whilst also making an impact at the other end of the pitch with his first professional goal.

"Harry is a great example of the English talent being developed throughout clubs in The Football League and I look forward to following his career as he continues to go from strength to strength."

Each month, the Young Player of the Month Award is awarded by The Football League to the young player who has made the most significant contribution and impact in first team football. To be eligible the player must be either under 21 years of age or be playing in the season during which he turns 21.

During the 2010/11 season, 249 players aged 21 or under made their professional debuts in The Football League.

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