Manchester United have two youngsters in the Football League play-off finals this season.
Everyone knows that Axel Tuanzebe has a chance to help Aston Villa to the Premier League, while Regan Poole’s Newport County could earn promotion into League One.
Poole, aged 20, started his career with Newport before moving to the Red Devils so no doubt he’s enjoying a campaign back with the team who gave him his big break.
While speaking to the media recently, Poole outlined his future plans. Although the centre-half admitted he’s only got one year left on his United deal, it feels to me like he wants an extension.
“My contract is up at the end of the season, but the club has got an option to extend,” Poole told the Manchester Evening News.
“If they take it up, they take it up. If not, I’m not too sure what my plan is. We’ll see what happens.
“It could be a big summer, but I’m happy with how my loan has gone and hopefully (United want to extend the deal).”
I actually think Poole has potential although he could be a late-bloomer. This season in League Two will have done him the world of good both confidence-wise and in terms of his overall development.
In an ideal world, United will keep him on the books and if Newport is promoted, the Welshman could spend another season with them but playing in a higher division.
As Poole says, United do have the option to extend by a further twelve months. At the very least, I’d imagine they’ll take up that clause within his contract to ensure that they get some sort of sell-on value for the defender should the Reds want to move him on.