REECE Hutchinson says that the faith put in him by Nigel Clough has helped him to grow in confidence this season, and the full-back now wants to contribute more at both ends of the pitch.
The Academy graduate is into double figures for appearances in League One this season, becoming a first team regular less than a year after signing his first professional deal.
Nigel Clough has shown faith in the youngster, even starting him in the Carabao Cup semi-final against Manchester City, as well as numerous other important games this season.
Hutchinson, 18, believes that support from the manager has helped him to develop as a player, with the defender now wanting to better his game in the attacking and defensive thirds.
He said: “People have shown faith in me, that I can go out and play. I am now one to launch it up the line as much, but I like to get the ball down and play. I feel that is where my confidence really comes into the game.
“I want to add more to the team, such as goals and assists. I am an attacking full-back, which help the team out. If I can get up and down (the wing), it is important as I can support the winger.
“I think that my performances are gradually getting better. I am learning but I still have a lot to learn, particularly the defensive side of my game, but I am happy with the way that it is going.
“The manager has given me loads of tips on how to become a better player. I have to thank him for all of his help so far. Coming through the Academy, you don’t know what it will be like at the start, whether you will play. I think that him rewarding me with a new contract shows that he has faith in me and wants to keep me for the future.”