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England Under-18s captain who has always been one of the leaders throughout his time at the club.
Garner plays centrally, in defence or midfield, and made two substitute appearances towards the end of the 2016/17 Under-18s season. He enjoyed a marvellous first full year at Under-18 level, making 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals and emerging as an outstanding contributor. So much so, he was shortlisted for the Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award. Garner's leadership qualities and outstanding work in the middle of the park helped the young Reds win the 2017/18 Premier League North title but he missed the national final against Chelsea due to his international commitments, skippering his country in the European Championship. Following a breakthrough season for the Reds, Garner put pen-to-paper on a first professional contract in the boardroom at Old Trafford and hopes are high he will push on further.
"I'm really happy they are here with us because they are fantastic players, but especially because they are great kids: the way they behave, the way they speak, the way they train.”
The youngsters were part of a strong Academy contingent that flew to the USA for Tour 2018, presented by Aon, last summer, training with the first team and boosting their senior education.
Also known as Jimmy, the hard-working midfielder from Birkenhead is flourishing in the Academy system, recently signed a professional contract and has also captained England at youth level.
After signing his pro deal last May, Garner told us: “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.”