Fleetwood Town want to have Stoke City defender Harry Souttar on loan again next season.

The 20-year-old has impressed since joining Joey Barton’s side in the January transfer window and they want him to stick around for next season, according to the Fleetwood Weekly News.

Souttar, who is an Australian Under-21 international, joined Stoke in September 2016 and has since played twice for their first-team. He spent time on loan with Ross County in the Scottish Premiership last season.

The 6ft 6inc defender had a spell at Celtic as a youngster before joining Dundee United in 2013. He made three appearances for their senior side.

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Fleetwood’s assistant manager Clint Hill has been impressed with Souttar since his move to the Highbury Stadium and has said, as per Fleetwood Weekly News: “It is like he has been here for years – very mature performances. “He has made a big contribution on and off the pitch. He is older than his years.

“Harry has settled into the physicality of the league and technically he is a very good player. We are very pleased and very lucky to have him. We’d love to have him next year but we will have to work on that. He has been a great addition to the squad.”

It is important for young players like Souttar to be playing every week so a move back to Fleetwood in the next campaign would suit both him and his parent club Stoke.

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