Steve Davis says he would always promote our own young players if they are good enough
Steve Davis has told the club’s official web-site that he is excited by the new batch of scholars coming through the Academy ranks at the club and making that step into his first team squad but he has played down expectation of them making the ultimate breakthrough this coming season.
The club have offered professional contracts to six scholars including the likes of young Internationals Fraser Murdoch (Scotland) and Callum Saunders (Wales).
Davis, who has promoted Academy graduates Liam Nolan and Billy Waters this season and handed the promising goalkeeper Ben Garratt the number one jersey, says he will continue to go with our own young players if they can continue to prove they are good enough.
Steve told the club’s official web-site: “If our young players were good enough to make that step up into the first team then I would go with our own. I think they trust me when I say I will give them a chance and will always make sure that the timing is right for them.
“I am not sure if we will have 11 players from our Academy again but if there were and they produced the performances then I would.
“When we bring players in or loan players it is simply to fill the gaps that always comes with waiting players to come through. They help us out when we need them like Chuks and Uche did this season.
“We have some exciting scholars coming through and they will train with the first team next season but we have to give them time to develop. They will have to get used to the intensity of training with the first team and adjust physically.
“I wouldn’t expect them to come through this year but they may surprise a few.”