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Nicky Butt and James Garner in the boardroom at Old Trafford

United announce new deal for Garner

Manchester United have finalised a new contract with highly-rated midfielder James Garner.

The England Under-17 captain, who has just returned from reaching the European Championship semi-finals with his country, enjoyed a marvellous first full year at Under-18 level.

Garner's leadership qualities and outstanding work in the middle of the park helped the young Reds win the Premier League North title but he missed the national final against Chelsea due to his international commitments.

Ahead of a well-earned summer break, the 17-year-old from Birkenhead arrived at Old Trafford and put pen-to-paper on a first professional contract in the boardroom.

James Garner has been a leader for club and country.
James Garner has been a leader for club and country all season.

“I'm made up,” he told ManUtd.com. “Obviously, it's what I've been working for since the Under-8s and Under-9s. I'm proud for myself and for my family but I think it's only the start. My mum, dad, grandad and auntie have all come along and it's just a proud moment.

”I think it's even more special to sign at Old Trafford. It would still have been special signing at the Aon Training Complex but this is even more special. Winning the league, having a good season and being nominated for the Young Player of the Year and now this just caps it off as a perfect season for me. 

“I'm off for a break but will work hard in the close season. When I come back for pre-season, hopefully I'll hit the ground running and be ready for next season.”

 

A proud moment for James in front of his family.
A proud moment for James Garner in front of his family.