Reece James is striving for a season of progress at Under-21 level after returning from a loan spell with Carlisle United.
The versatile full-back, who impressed in a midfield role during the Reserves’ 4-0 defeat of Bolton Wanderers in the Manchester Senior Cup, feels he learned a lot in a short space of time with the Cumbrians.
Circumstances changed for the League One side, with Conor Townsend signed from Hull and Chris Chantler ahead of schedule in his return, so James was allowed to cut short the stint after recovering from injury. Nevertheless, the move was an eye-opener for the younger brother of Matty James, who is now with Leicester City in the Championship.
“I went there and initially it was supposed to be until 1 January but injuries held me back from that,” he explained to MUTV. “But I gained a lot of experience from it, especially playing against men. Even though it was only two games, it’s still first-team experience and it was very good being in and around that environment.
“It was good to see what other facilities are like - especially compared to United. Carlisle don’t have their own training ground or gym so you’ve got to adapt.
"Even though it was only two games, it’s still first-team experience and it was very good being in and around that environment."
- Reece James