Baldock Brothers to meet at the Madejski

Sheffield United defender George Baldock will come face-to-face with his brother at Reading this Saturday.

The 25-year-old right back’s older brother Sam joined The Royals this summer. The striker has scored four goals in ten appearances this season.

The brothers both came through the academy at Milton Keynes Dons.

Sam, who is four years older than George, was one of the first players in his cohort to graduate from the youth setup.

George said it was strange the first time they encountered each other on the pitch, but he has adjusted to it over the years.

“He scored two goals so it wasn’t an ideal family outing, but now it’s just another game”, he said.

George was Sam’s best man at his wedding and the pair have a close relationship despite often being rivals.

He said: “We’ve always been competitive with everything. Playing football, cricket and rugby on the street.

“He can put the ball in the back of the net but can’t keep it out his own”, he said of The Royals’ number nine.

George says that his Dad and brother had doubts about whether he would make it as a professional.

Several members of the Baldock family, including George and Sam’s older brother, will be in attendance at the Madejski Stadium.

George hasn’t been a regular starter for the Blades this season but has been enjoying a run in the team of late.

After scoring on the opening day of the campaign, an injury against Middlesbrough ruled him out for six weeks. He lost his place to Kieran Freeman but has since fought his way back into the side.

Sheffield United have been playing a three man defence this season, something that sees George functioning as a wingback.

He’s enjoying being a part of the new system and said: “It’s been remarkable, the kind of football we’ve been playing.

“When I walk out to play and see the team we have, not one part of me thinks we’re going to lose.”

The Blades’ number two is excited by the prospect of promotion to the top flight next season.

“This club would be absolutely rocking if we were to get to the Premier League, but it’s a long way away.”