Josh Sims has enjoyed a whirlwind few months, having moved into the first team and now signing a new deal until 2020.
Though the 19-year-old admits his progression into Claude Puel’s set-up has been relatively straightforward.
“The club are really good at progressing young players,” Sims starts.
“So it’s been a very smooth transition through into the first team. I think that’s because of the training, the staff and the players here.
“Everyone is so welcoming and that makes the whole process much easier. Even the more senior players that have been here a while; everyone is so welcoming and you don’t feel out of place.”
Sims rose to prominence in late November, when he assisted Charlie Austin’s winner just 41 seconds into his Premier League debut against Everton.
The agile winger has since built on that performance and made eight appearances for the first team – a number he hopes to increase before the end of the season.
“I just want to keep progressing until the end of the season,” Sim continues.
“Hopefully I can keep improving and getting some more first-team appearances under my belt.
“My long-term goal is to nail a place down in the first team. I’ve obviously got a lot of steps to get there, but every day I keep training and working harder so that is my target.”