FOLLOWING last night’s 4-4 draw with Nuneaton, Reece Hutchinson was optimistic about the Brewers’ play-off hopes after a strong pre-season campaign.
The Burton Albion Academy graduate broke into the first team last season, excellently filling in for the injured Damien McCrory. Making 31 appearances in all competitions throughout 2018/19, the 19-year-old has a bright future at the Pirelli Stadium.
After signing his first professional contract in May 2018, the young left-back wants to continue with the progress he made last season.
“This year, I want to do exactly the same, possibly even more," said Hutchinson.
"At the end of the day, I know it’s going to be hard because there’s a lot of experienced pros at the back but if I can carry on getting on the pitch and performing well, then hopefully I can come into the side.
“I’ve played a couple of 90 minutes now, so hopefully I’ll go into the season, get sharp, do a lot of training and hopefully fight for a spot.
“We’re going to have a good full week’s training now and prepare for Ipswich and hopefully go into the season flying because I think we’ve got a really good chance this year.”
When asked about Burton’s targets for the upcoming season, Hutchinson was positive.
“Obviously, last year it was my first year coming in, so it was all about settling down," he added.
"But I know that a few of the lads were suffering from the relegation hangover, but I feel like overall we got going in the end.
“It was a tough start, but I feel like we are in a much better position this year. I feel like we can really challenge for a spot in the top six.”