Reach eyes Boro future
Middlesbrough starlet Adam Reach is looking forward to pushing on next season for a first-team place.
By Graeme Bailey - Follow me on Twitter @graemebailey
Last Updated: 09/05/11 12:44pm
Middlesbrough starlet Adam Reach is looking forward to pushing on next season for a permanent first-team place.
The 18-year-old, another product of the Teesside club's famed academy, came off the bench to score the third goal in Boro's 3-0 win in their final match of the season on Saturday.
Reach was delighted to make his bow and is now all set on becoming the next breakthrough talent at The Riverside.
"It was fantastic just to come on and the reception from the fans was incredible and it was 20 times better to actually score," the Gateshead-born left sider said.
"I'm glad I'm at a club that does give young players a chance and believes in what we can do.
"Tony Mowbray has been hinting for weeks that I might get a chance.
"And I've been reading in the press he was going to throw the kids in so every time the squad has been announced I have been bursting to see if my name was in there.
"I travelled to Burnley a few weeks back but didn't make the bench and I thought maybe my moment had gone this season.
"So when the manager told me I was on the bench for Doncaster I was delighted. All my family came down and I just prayed I actually got on. The reception coming on was brilliant. I was a bit nervous but that cheer was amazing. It really settled me down.
"Cameron Park and Ben Gibson from my group have been in squads and made their debuts this season and told me how it was going to be brilliant and they were right. But this is a club that does give lads like us a chance.
"We all look at someone like Richie Smallwood who is a role model for us. He's come through the same route as us.
"Dave Parnaby, Steve Agnew and Mark Proctor when he was in charge have done wonders for the young players here. They give you the confidence that you can make it and that the manager is ready to back us.
"I'll spend the summer working hard, training hard and come back even fitter and hopefully get another shot next season."