Nottingham Forest academy manager Gary Brazil is delighted to have signed the ‘exciting’ Oliver Burke to a long-term contract.The 18-year-old winger today completed the formalities of a deal which will see him spend the next three years of his career at The City Ground.
And Brazil is thrilled the youngster wants to continue his development at the Nigel Doughty academy, despite interest from a Premier League club.
Speaking to Forest Player HD, Brazil said: “Oliver has made fantastic progress in the last year, developing a lot physically and improving his understanding of what he needs to do to make the most of his attributes.
“He’s a real threat to any team at any level. We’re really excited about Oliver and I’m pleased we’ve got him on a longer term contract.”
Burke isn’t the only youngster pushing for a place in Dougie Freedman’s first team, with several of his academy team-mates also enjoying opportunities to play and train with their senior counterparts in pre-season.
For Brazil, keeping those players at Forest is his utmost priority.
He said: “Boys who have come through the academy are now going through to the first-team squad. Making sure we keep them at the football club is what we’re about. We don’t want boys to leave until it’s the right time for everybody.
“Hopefully that’s a long time away for people like Oliver, who I believe will make a real push to get into the first team this year and give Dougie real problems when it comes to selection.”
Click here to watch the interview on Forest Player HD in which Brazil discusses Burke's potential and his hopes for holding on to the club's young players.