James Garner completed a season-long loan to Nottingham Forest last week and also committed to a new three-year contract at the club. The 20-year-old’s deal was due to expire next year but has now agreed on fresh terms at Old Trafford.
Garner spent last season on loan in the Championship but split the season with two clubs. He spent the first half with Watford and after a promising start, a managerial change proved to be an insurmountable mountain for the young midfielder.
Instead, the second half of the campaign was far more successful. Garner joined Chris Houghton’s Nottingham Forest for the rest of the year and swiftly became a key player as they avoided the drop to League One comfortably.
After taking part in this summer’s pre-season with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, Garner is now set for another full campaign of regular football.
“I can’t wait to get started [at Forest] really,” Garner told the official Manchester United website on his move.
“Last season, I had a good loan spell there so I can’t wait to get back and play in such a tough league and showcase my ability to everyone and hopefully show everyone what I can do.
“The fans at Forest have been such a key factor in why I wanted to go back there. All the messages and support that I’ve received since I joined the club and even until now. I can’t wait to play in front of a packed-out stadium there.”
The promising prospect also expressed his delight over signing a new contract at Manchester United, having joined the club at a very young age.
“I’m made up, the club has been a massive part of my life for over 10 years, and this just shows how much the club believes in me,” he said. “It means a lot for me and my family. The sacrifices that we had to make to get me to where I am now, so I’m made up.”