A skilful midfielder who caught the eye with an outstanding cameo performance against Swansea City in the 2012 FA Youth Cup.
A real flair player with an eye for goal and confidence in his own ability, he only made one another substitute appearance for the Under-18s in addition to that display during the 2012/2013 term.
A four-goal show in the Milk Cup rout of Revo Express suggested he is making fine progress and maturing into a player to watch out for but he was introduced gently in the Academy side last season.
Harrop made nine appearances, three as a starter, and
scored a solitary goal during a 4-2 defeat at Southampton.
Much more is expected this time around and a regular place in Paul McGuinness' midfield has been secured with his ability to set up chances for his team-mates a key feature of his game. By driving forward and delivering tantalising crosses, he has caught the eye and also found the net himself.
A late penalty in the mini-derby draw at Manchester City showed his composure and his badge-kissing celebration highlighted his allegiance to the Red cause.