FOOTBALL NEWS

05/07/2012 10:06, Report by Nick Coppack

Six sign pro forms

Six young players have signed professional forms with Manchester United.

Pierluigi Gollini, Tyler Blackett (pictured), Luke McCullough, Luke Hendrie and Tom Lawrence have all graduated from United's Academy set-up, while Reece James (younger brother of former Red Matty) signs following a successful trial period.

Blackett, Hendrie and McCullough were regulars for the Under-18s last term and featured heavily in the Reds' run to the FA Youth Cup semi-finals.

Goalkeeper Gollini and forward Lawrence, meanwhile, endured frustrating seasons due to injury, although both returned to full fitness before the end of the 2011/12 campaign.

James, who featured in the Under-18s' final game of last season, has previously spent time with Blackburn and Preston North End's Academies.

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New professionals

Pierluigi Gollini - Goalkeeper
Born: 18 March 1995

Tyler Blackett - Defender
Born: 2 April 1994

Luke McCullough - Defender
Born: 15 February 1994

Reece James - Defender
Born: 7 November 1993

Luke Hendrie - Midfielder
27 August 1994

Tom Lawrence - Forward
13 January 1994

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