Southampton Academy graduate Harrison Reed headed out to Blackburn Rovers at the end of August for a season long spell to further boost his experience.
The 24-year-old already has 14 starting appearances to his name with us, with a further 16 showings from the substitutes bench and in the 2017/18 he had a good spell out with Norwich City in the Championship, making 43 appearances for them across all competitions – he also grabbed his maiden senior goal.
His spell this year at Ewood Park has been a good success, with 29 starts, seven substitute appearances and a return of three goals and five assists in the second tier, but having picked up an injury earlier this month, he had returned to Staplewood for treatment but his loan has now been cancelled as his season is over.
Blackburn gaffer Tony Mowbray has now confirmed to the Lancashire Telegraph that the spell is over but he certainly leaves with words of praise.
“He’s gone back to Southampton. He came in to my office the other day with a cast over his foot. Southampton feel it’s best that he goes back there for treatment. He is their player and that’s what’s happening. We hope he can come back for the awards night. He integrated really well in to the group and is a similar age to a lot of the players. They liked his company. He worked hard in training.”
“He played a lot of football, but for a young guy he contributed well for us. At his best, as the man of the match awards he won showed, he is one of the best footballers we’ve got, other days I felt he was a bit inconsistent and lacked a bit of discipline on his position. He’d run everywhere to try and get involved but left us a bit empty at times. He’s a great lad, took advice well, didn’t moan when he got left out, we all enjoyed his company. It’s frustrating for him, and us, that he’s left before the season with an injury which was really innocuous.”
Be interesting to see if he gets a second lease of life under manager Ralph Hasenhuttl now as we look towards next season ourselves.