George Long was an academy graduate of Sheffield United, the highly rated youngster made his first team debut as a 17 year old for the Blades, in doing so he became the youngest keeper to play for the club, coming in at 17 years and 183 days.
Long signed for Motherwell on loan on the 2nd February 2015, his early career at Bramall Lane would see him in and around the first team without really cementing the position as his own, by the time he joined the Steelmen he was primarily used as backup but his loan move to Fir Park would see him instantly installed as first choice replacing Dan Twardzik who failed to convince new ‘Well boss Ian Baraclough that he was up to the job.
In truth the young Englishman didn’t seem like a massive upgrade on Twardzik, on his day George was a fine shot stopper, he was impressively tall but often preferred to punch crosses rather than gather it. He was of course guilty of a number of bloopers namely gifting Aberdeen a goal at Pittodrie, getting beat by a cross against Dundee and shot squirming by him from the bye line in a game versus St Mirren.
The 2014/15 season is a year that most ‘Well fans would rather forgot as it was a real struggle against relegation, arguably George Long’s best contribution at Motherwell was to put in a superb performance in the Playoff Final games against Rangers, particularly at Ibrox where he made a series of stunning stops, Motherwell would of course go on to record a 6-1 aggregate win.
George had made his Motherwell debut on the 14th February 2015 in a 3-2 loss at the hands of Ross County at Dingwall.
He has won a number of caps for England at U17 and U20 level. Upon his return to Sheffield he was installed as first choice keeper but swiftly lost his place, but he would go onto win the jersey back and he enjoyed a fine 2015/16 season with his hometown club.
Date of Birth:
|5th November 1993
Place of Birth: