Manchester United youngster sends emotional message as eight players released
It's been an emotional week for Man Utd youngster Mark Helm as his 12 year association with the club comes to an end
Manchester United youngster Mark Helm has sent an emotional message after his 12 year stay at the club came to an end this week.
Helm, 19, one was of eight players confirmed to be leaving the club last month upon expiration of his contract at the end of June.
The teenage midfielder joins senior goalkeepers Joel Pereira and Sergio Romero in exiting this summer, along with five of his academy teammates in Jacob Carney, Iestyn Hughes, Arnau Puigmal, Max Taylor and Aliou Traore.
Helm enjoyed an encouraging season for United at U23s level netting three goals in 20 appearances, but still remained unlikely to ever achieve a promotion to the first-team.
The midfielder will now go in search of football elsewhere although it is unclear whether or not he would prefer to move to another academy set-up or drop down the ladder to earn senior experience elsewhere.
Taking to Instagram after he was formally released, Helm looked back on his time at Old Trafford and thanked the club for everything they have done for him.
"Over the past 12 years Manchester United has helped me to become the person and footballer I am today," he wrote.
"Thank you to all the players and staff who made me grateful to represent such an amazing club. A new chapter of my career awaits, but I will always remember the opportunities and experiences I had throughout the years. Thank you Manchester United."