Ex-Canaries midfielder ready for play-off final with Fulham after his best Championship season yet
PUBLISHED: 10:33 04 August 2020 | UPDATED: 10:33 04 August 2020
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Wembley awaits for former Norwich City loanee Harrison Reed this evening and the midfielder feels he has had his best Championship season yet ahead of Fulham’s play-off final clash with Brentford.
Reed has made 27 appearances for the Cottagers this season despite missing two chunks of the season with a calf injury and has been a regular starter in central midfield for Scott Parker, including playing all of the 3-2 aggregate win over Cardiff in the play-off semi-finals.
This evening the 25-year-old Southampton loanee, who made 43 appearances for Norwich during Daniel Farke’s first season on charge, will try to seal the first promotion of his career.
“Working under three great managers in the three years that I have been in the Championship has been huge for me,” said Reed, who spent last season with Blackburn.
“I have had to deal with different challenges during those seasons and different expectations.
“I think this year has been the best for me, I feel like I have been at my best and that is down to everyone at this football club - I think there is a lot to come from me personally.”
Former England midfielder Parker - who made six appearances for City when on loan from Charlton in 2000 - has been an ideal role model for the former England Under-20 international.
It has been a great experience for me,” Reed continued, speaking to the EFL’s website. “I speak to him every day and I have learnt a lot from him as he played the same position as me during his playing days; I listen to exactly what he says because of the knowledge that he has in that position.
“With the career that he has had, I want to learn off him as much as I can, and I think if I was to come here and not learn anything it would have been a disaster.”
Fulham lost home and away to Brentford during the season as the Bees edged them into third place in the final table on goal difference
“This game is the biggest of my career so far and I am really looking forward to it,” Reed added. “I have worked all my career to get to Wembley because I haven’t actually played here before.
“I have had a couple of friends play there and I have spoken to them about it, but now it is my chance to do it and I hope we can come away with it with a promotion to the Premier League.”