James Garner put pen to paper on a new contract which sees him at the club until 2024 with the option of a further season. Having been at Manchester United since he was seven, the talented midfielder spoke to the official club site to talk of his delight to agree a new deal.
I’m made up, Manchester United has been a massive part of my life for over 10 years now. My ambitions are obviously to become a first-team player here. I know exactly what it takes, I’m ready to go and showcase my ability to everyone and keep on striving for all my goals. Signing this new contract shows the faith that the club has in me, it gives me extra motivation and means so much for me and my family. I want to be a big player for this club one day, that is my ultimate aim and I’ll be working every day to make that happen.
The news of his new contract came at the same time of the announcement he’ll be returning to Nottingham Forest on loan, where he impressed during the 20 appearances he made in the Championship after joining them in January. With four games played, they are currently bottom of the table with no points on the board, with Chris Houghton fighting to keep his job. You can visit Sportsbet.io news section for the latest updates but it’s not looking good for him.
Still, Garner was keen to go back to Forest and turned down the option to go elsewhere largely because of the support he has received from their fanbase, who were delighted with his performances last season.
I can’t wait to get started really. Last season, I had a good loan spell there so I can’t wait to get back and play in such a tough league and showcase my ability to everyone and hopefully show everyone what I can do. The fans at Forest have been such a key factor in why I wanted to go back there. All the messages and support that I’ve received since I joined the club and even until now. I can’t wait to play in front of a packed-out stadium there.
Speaking to the press, Hughton spoke about his desire to support the inexperienced Garner and the duty of care the club feels towards him.
I think the first thing on his mind would have been to play games, irrespective of whether it was me or anybody else. If you’ve got a manager who’s playing you, then that’s a great first step. But I think we’ve all been there before, and what you do appreciate and forget it is that he still is a young man. He might play older than his years, but he is still 20 years of age. When you bring in somebody of that age, then you appreciate that you’ve got to give them that little bit more time, you’ve got to ask more questions and think about how he is settling in. James was fortunate as well, because I think he had a lot of his family to see his games, so he had that support mechanism around him. But you do have more of a duty of care when you bring in younger players as opposed to more experienced ones.