Sheffield United youngster Louis Reed admits he is open to the prospect of leaving Bramall Lane on loan, if his first-team opportunities become limited.
Midfielder Reed, aged 17, has caught the eye with a number of mature performances in Nigel Clough’s starting line-up, and is regarded by the United manager as an integral part of his first-team squad.
But Reed, who has made 13 first-team appearances for United since his debut against Rotherham last season, said: “It’s all about experience at this stage of my career and if the manager felt that going out on loan to get some games in League One or even League Two, then I would be happy to do that.
“But I love playing for Sheffield United and I am happy to be playing as many games as I am at the minute. To be honest, I never expected to play as many games as I have done by this stage of my career, and I want to play as many games as I can for United, no matter what the competition.”
Reed hopes to keep his place for Saturday’s derby at Doncaster Rovers, but could make way for James Wallace ahead of next Tuesday night’s FA Cup replay against Crewe at Bramall Lane.
Defender Paddy McCarthy, meanwhile, will go straight into the United squad after signing a loan deal until the end of the year.
“Palace plan to use him in the third round of the FA Cup,” said Clough, “but for us to have him for all league games until January is fantastic.”