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Boss seeks more of the same from Harding

Wes Harding
Wes Harding.

He's very respectful, he's disciplined, he works incredibly hard and he's a good person and a winner.

Garry Monk

Garry Monk says that it is up to Wes Harding to maintain the form that saw him become a mainstay of the Blues defence during the season run-in.

It was Monk who showed faith in the 21-year-old by giving him his league debut against Hull City in March and the rookie full-back quickly went on to cement his place in the side, racking up a total of nine Championship appearances.

His performances also saw the former Blues Academy graduate pick up the coveted Young Player of the Season crown at Monday's End of Season Awards Dinner.

The day before the event, Harding had put in what was undoubtedly his best performance in a Blues shirt in the last-day victory over Fulham.

As well as shackling Cottagers winger Ryan Sessegnon, he was also instrumental in helping Blues get off the mark by providing the cross for Lukas Jutkiewicz's opening goal.

"With any young player, in their first four or five games they are usually fearless," said Monk.

"But then after that period they start to think about things and worry about little mistakes and correcting them, but Wes didn't do that and was excellent.

"He's been exceptional since we've come in and stayed in the team on merit.

"It was a tough situation to come into as a young player, with minimal experience, but I said at the start it's about the type of person they are not their age and he's dealt with it fantastically."

"He's a young player, but he's kind of a throwback," continued the Blues boss.

"He's very respectful, he's disciplined, he works incredibly hard and he's a good person and a winner.

"I've been very pleased with him, but he knows he has to keep working or he knows we'll all be on at him."

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