Sheffield United sign former Thai refugee Kler Heh

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Sheffield United have awarded a professional contract to a former refugee, , after the 18-year-old impressed in his third trial for the club.

Born in the Umpiem Mai Refugee Camp, he and his family of ethnic Karens, a minority group who have faced oppression in , had already failed with their attempts to move to Australia and seemed destined never to escape the depressing camp environment.

“You can’t really get out, nobody has a passport to go into and go out like a normal human would,” Kler explained.

“I would love to play in the Premier League one day but at present my goal is to impress [manager] Nigel Adkins and ([Under-21 coach) Chris Morgan, and repay Sheffield United for the faith that they have shown to me,” he told Reuters.

“But I am an ambitious player and I would love to and one day be the captain of either Myanmar or Thailand at an international level and as I grow play at the highest level possible the Premier League and Champions League.”

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