Louis Reed has signed a three year contract with Sheffield United.
The Star revealed earlier this summer that officials at Bramall Lane were minded to offer the midfielder a new deal following his impressive performances last term.
And, as new manager Nigel Adkins prepares for Sunday’s friendly against Newcastle, they have obliged with Reed now tied to the club until 2018.
“Obviously I’m pleased to commit my future to Sheffield United,” he told The Star. “I’m really pleased in fact.
“But I’ve got to carry on working hard and try to become a regular in the new gaffer’s team.”
Reed, who turns 18 tomorrow, became the young player to represent United in a league fixture when he made his debut during the victory over Rotherham 15 months ago. An England under-18 international - he won his third and fourth caps during a double-header against Russia last month - Reed and fellow Redtooth Academy graduate Dominic Calvert-Lewin were praised by Adkins following yesterday’s 2-1 victory over Exeter City at St James Park.
The former Scunthorpe and Southampton chief described the pass which created the visitors’ second goal as “magnificent” but Reed said: “I’ve got to keep going now, though, and not take my foot off the gas.
“Even though I’ve got three years, I’ve got to keep pressing and trying to impress the new staff.
“Obviously it’s great to have in place but, regardless of the contract, it makes no difference if I don’t keep putting the work in and trying to get better.”
United enter this weekend’s meeting with Newcastle unbeaten in their three pre-season season fixtures under Adkins so far. The match also doubles as Chris Morgan’s testimonial. Morgan made nearly 300 appearances for United before retiring due to injury and now coaches the club’s under-21 squad.
Weston Park Hospital, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice and The Gary Speed Trust have been named as the 37-year-old’s chosen charities.
“It should be a good game, an important game,” Adkins said. “And it’s Chris’ testimonial so, because of that and the fact some very good caused are set to benefit, it would be great if everything packed through the gates.
“Chris has been and still is a wonderful servant to this football club.”