The 18-year-old has been kept in the first-team while recovering from serious knee and ankle injuries.
"It shows that he has a lot of faith in me," he smiles. "And, when I'm back, I want to repay that faith.
"He could easily have forgotten about me, sent me back to the Academy to do my rehab or whatever, but he didn't. He wanted me at Melwood, in and around the team, and for that I can't thank him enough."