Southampton player Harrison Reed admits he’ll find it tough if he’s not playing regularly next season. The Saints midfielder was sent out on loan to Fulham last year after it became clear he wouldn’t be a first-choice midfielder at St Mary’s. Reed’s impressed at Craven Cottage and realises this summer will be an important step in his career.
Harrison Reed said “As soon as I heard about Fulham’s interest, I was keen to go. I didn’t expect to walk into the team straight away, it took me a few weeks to learn the style of play and what the manager wanted from me. It’s been a long journey full of ups and downs. There have been lots of good times at Southampton and a lot of bad ones too. You learn to accept that as a player. James Ward-Prowse was in my first ever training session at the club and now he’s the captain. Everyone’s journey is different. Some people’s pathway will be very smooth, but that doesn’t just get handed to them. That comes from hard work. My loans have all been really positive, I’ve learnt from three great managers, and I feel like I’m at the stage now where I’ve established myself in a very good side. At the end of the day, I’m a Southampton player, but after becoming a major part of the team I’m in, if those opportunities were suddenly to be reduced or taken away from me, I’d probably really struggle with it. You’re prepared for that whenever you go out on loan. If there’s talk about me signing for a club I’ve joined on loan, it’s because I’ve made an impression and had a successful season. I really enjoy turning up at a new club and having to show what you’ve got, and the person you are off the pitch as well as on it. Yes, I don’t know what the future holds. But I’m focused on the play-offs and getting Fulham back into the Premier League. It would be an unbelievable achievement. Whatever decisions come afterwards will be the right ones for my career.”
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