Louis Reed has praised Sheffield United’s commitment to youth after pledging his long-term future to Bramall Lane, writes James Shield.
The midfielder, who turns 18 today, agreed a new three year contract ahead of tomorrow’s friendly against Newcastle.
Reed, a graduate of United’s Redtooth Academy, said: “This is the perfect place for me because the club is known for bringing young players through and giving them a chance.
“I’m pleased, really pleased, to get this deal. Now I’ve got to continue improving and trying to make myself a better player because, if I don’t, then I’m not going to impress the manager and get in the team.”
Yesterday’s announcement is particularly significant given the fact that Nigel Adkins, who took charge of United last month, has placed home-grown players at the heart of his blueprint to transform the League One club’s fortunes.
“Louis is another homegrown player and his new contract is another sign of how we appreciate the work that goes on at our Academy at Shireliffe,” Adkins said.
“He played a good amount of games last season and was recognised at his age group level by England but Louis is a well grounded lad and knows that there is plenty of hard work ahead of him as he bids to build a successful football career.”
Reed added: “Everything has happened really quickly but hopefully I can keep building and moving forward.
“You can’t stand still, everyone is competing for a place.”