Sheffield United have made their first foray into the summer transfer market by bringing in Dean Henderson on a season-long loan from Manchester United.
The Blades have been quick to secure the services of the 21-year-old shot stopper after United’s first choice keeper, Jamal Blackman, returned to parent club Chelsea at the end of the campaign.
Henderson joins current keepers Simon Moore and Jake Eastwood at Bramall Lane, and Chris Wilder told sufc.co.uk: “This is a big one for us, as Dean was certainly a target for rival clubs in our division.
“It is a position you’ve got to get right in terms of not only ability, but character too and we have no doubt following chats between myself, Dean and Darren (Ward), that we’ve got both.”
Henderson spent last season on-loan at League One outfit Shrewsbury Town, making 48 appearances and saving a spot-kick in the League One Play-Off Final against Rotherham at Wembley.
While Shrewsbury lost the game 2-1 thanks to Richard Wood’s extra-time winner, Henderson gained invaluable experience and received plenty of plaudits for his displays in Shrewsbury colours.
The England Under-21 keeper recently put pen-to-paper on a deal that takes his contract with Manchester United to 2020 and he has been sought after by a number of clubs in the Championship.
He began his career in the youth ranks of Carlisle United before being snapped up by the Red Devils in 2015.
The Whitehaven-born keeper has also had loan spells at Stockport County and Grimsby Town.
Wilder continued: “Dean is a confident boy, who has proved himself wherever he has been. He is positive and most importantly a winner and he will handle the pressure of coming here.
“He had a fantastic season for Shrewsbury, playing a starring role in what they achieved last year, and he is someone we’ve tracked for quite a while now.
“We’re well stocked now in what is a crucial department at any level and we’ve got very healthy competition for that number one jersey.”