By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Goalkeeper Dean Henderson has extended his loan spell at Stockport County, Manchester United have announced.
The 18-year-old initially joined the semi-professional National League North side in January for one month but that has now been extended for a further month.
Henderson has made five appearances for Stockport and has demonstrated why he is so highly rated at the United academy.
A United statement read: “Dean Henderson has extended his stay at Stockport County for another month and he celebrated with a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw at Bradford Park Avenue.”
Henderson tweeted after the Bradford Park Avenue game: “Looking forward to another month [at Stockport County] good game happy with the clean sheet!! Gutted we couldn’t award the fans with the goal!”
Henderson joined United from Carlisle as a 14-year-old after they saw off competition from clubs including Chelsea and Newcastle.
He is yet to make a first team appearance for the United Under-21s but is highly regarded by the club’s academy coaches and was shortlisted for the club’s Young Player of the Year award last season.
Looking forward to another month @SCFCmedia good game happy with the clean sheet!! Gutted we couldn’t award the fans with the goal!!??
— dean henderson (@Deanoooo97) February 13, 2016
Academy goalkeeping coach Alan Fettis has claimed that the former England Under-17 ‘keeper has the potential “to become an excellent goalkeeper”.
He added: “His major asset is that he is technically good. He’s still a young keeper who works hard to improve, which is what is expected to play for Manchester United.
“He has got potential but it’s up to Dean to keep striving to improve and, if he does, he could have a good career, as long as he listens to the advice given to him here and works hard.
“His attitude towards training and games is always first class. He’s part of a good group of goalkeepers and they work hard with each other, pushing themselves, as they’re all at a good standard with different strengths and weaknesses.”