Highly-rated central defender Ben Heneghan has completed a move to Sky Bet Championship side Sheffield United. The 23-year-old has made the move to Bramall Lane from Ladbrokes Premiership side Motherwell on a three-year contract.

Heneghan came through the ranks with Premier League side Everton and then earned a move to Stoke City. After failing to appear in either first-team, he dropped down the league to play more regularly with Chester. After impressing at Deva Stadium, he earned a move to Motherwell, where he earned a glowing reputation as one of the top defenders in the Scottish game.

Cameron Carter-Vickers joined on loan from Tottenham Hotspur recently, to further aid Chris Wilder’s central defensive options for the Blades. Bringing Heneghan in is likely to end their chase in this department, but the ex-Oxford and Northampton boss expressed his happiness at completing this deal,

“It is no secret that we’ve been after another centre half and Ben has been on our radar for sometime, we enquired about him last year. He fits our criteria and he is one we are looking forward to working with.”

He is the ninth signing made by the club in this transfer window so far, although there is of course a few hours remaining before the 11pm deadline at the time of writing. He’ll compete with the likes of Carter-Vickers, Jack O’Connell, Chris Basham, Jake Wright and Richard Stearman for a place in the central defensive trio that Wilder tends to prefer fielding. He’ll make his debut following the international break.

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