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'Louis Garner's been fantastic' - Foster

31 March 2014

The Under-21s coach also sought special praise for Ryan Smith and Ryan Quinn for the attitude they've shown...

Coventry City Under-21s coach Ian Foster has praised the 'attitude and determination' from forward Louis Garner after the defeat to Sheffield United.

The Academy graduate played a full 90 minutes against Sheffield United but couldn't follow up his goal against Leeds United on Thursday. 

The 19-year old has produced some good performances for the Under-21s this season and has been played up front by Foster in recent games. 

Garner's one-year contract is up at the end of the season and Foster has praised the form the young City forward has shown for the Under-21s.

Foster said: "Louis Garner has been exceptional in recent games for me. He is very versatile as he can pretty much play anywhere in the forward positions.

"He has been really positive in his play and likes to express himself on the pitch which is good. His contract is up at the end of the year and you can usually respond one of two ways to that.

"He has that doubt in his mind whether or not he is going to be kept on and his performances have been brilliant in response to that.

"At the end of day, whatever happens with Louis, he can look at himself in the mirror and say he has given it everything he's got."

Academy players Ryan Smith and Ryan Quinn started both the Under-18s win at Crewe and the Under-21s defeat today, despite being told they will not be offered professional terms at the end of the season.

Foster was eager to praise their commitment to the club and has backed both of the players to bounce back from the disappointment.

The Under-21s coach added: "We've got a situation where the second-year apprentices have been told whether they're being kept on or not this week.

"Ryan Smith and Ryan Quinn have both been told they're not being kept on and you have to give them a lot of credit today. I told the lads before the game in the dressing room that it's not nice and the character the two are showing is incredible.

"They showed they were men today. They were both eager to be available for selection and they both put a great shift in. Quinn had to come off in the late stages with a knee injury so we hope it isn't too bad.

"It is possibly the most difficult thing to go through in football. I was released when I was a player and it is tough so we will definitely be there to help them through this time."

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