Manchester United have handed a first professional contract to midfielder James Garner.
The England U17 international put pen to paper ahead of an extremely hard-earned summer break, the club have confirmed.
Garner, 17, clearly has a bright future in the sport, with the youth-level Three Lions captain making appearances aplenty for both domestically and internationally.
Midfield is definitely the problem area for the Red Devils at the moment, and that doesn’t look like changing any time soon as both Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini look to be on the way out. Although Garner is young, he could already be targeting a breakthrough into the first-team; perhaps starting with United’s pre-season tour of the United States.
In terms of inspiration, he certainly should be looking at Scott McTominay who has forced his way into Jose Mourinho’s plans this season, and it came rather unexpectedly.
I guess it’s always tough to judge exactly how young players are going to develop. Some grow and progress faster than others, but I’ll certainly be keeping a keen eye on how he’s getting on with the United youth teams. Who knows, we may well have a star of the future on our hands.