Royals midfielder feels Barrett is a bright prospect...Royals midfielder Stephen Quinn was complimentary of 17-year-old midfield teammate Josh Barrett following Saturday's clash with Preston at Madejski Stadium.
Barrett made his home debut for the first team against Preston, coming on at half-time to cap off a season that has seen him captain the Reading Under-18s side to the quarter-final of the FA Youth Cup, as well as make his bow for the Republic of Ireland U21s.
And Irishman Quinn feels the youngster could have a big future ahead of him if he keeps progressing the way he has in 2015/16.
“I think Josh has been top class, like he has been in training,” said Quinn. “He looked strong and very direct, he gave us a good outlet against Preston.”
The Reading midfielder, who has 14 caps for Ireland at senior level and hopes to feature for his country at the Euros this summer, knows all about coming through the ranks at international level.
Quinn played his first U21 game for his nation back in 2007 at the age of 20, so has the experience of progressing for both club and country - experience that he is happy to pass onto the Royals Academy scholar.
“He is definitely one for the future and needs to keep a steady head on his shoulders after all the rave reviews he’s been earning this year," continued Quinn.
“Hopefully he will be a bright prospect for the future and maybe next season he can play a few more games and be a real threat to opposition defenders.”
After the narrow 2-1 defeat on Saturday, in which Quinn scored his first goal of the season for the Royals, the midfielder felt the team need to take their chances if they want to be competitive against Blackburn and next season.
“We need to be more ruthless in front of goal,” said the Irish international. “We played some good stuff but just lacked a bit of nous in both boxes, it was unfortunate and it let us down.”
“This league is one of the most competitive and difficult leagues to play in in the world. We need to get a good group together over the summer and give it a good bash next season.”