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Harrison Reed will only stay at Southampton if he’s in first team plans following loan stint at Norwich City

Who can blame him?

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Southampton youth product Harrison Reed, who is currently on loan at Norwich City, has told a local newspaper he will ask to leave Saints unless he features in the manager’s plans next season.

At 23 years old, Reed is finally having a good run of games in professional football, making 32 appearances for The Canaries in the Championship so far this season.

That’s a stark contrast to the 17 league appearances for the Saints over four seasons.

Now Reed has got a proper taste of first-team football at Norwich, it’s no wonder why he is looking for assurances on his future at Southampton.

”I don’t feel like I want to go back to sitting in the stands, training all week and then on a Saturday not being involved,” he told the Eastern Daily Press as per SportsMole. “That’s not something I want to do and I think if you asked many footballers, they would agree.

”So next season I’ll look to progress again, whether that be here or we’ll see what other opportunities arise. Definitely it’s opened my eyes. Being at Southampton and a Premier League club is great.

”But playing in the Under-23s and not really coming up against men maybe halted my career a little bit. Some coming to Norwich and playing week in week out, getting the game time I have done has really opened my eyes and I feel like I’ve progressed.”

Norwich are currently lying in 14th place in the Championship.