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Ainley Is A Super Talent

10 September 2015

Coach James Collins says Callum Ainley deserved his first team debut after bright start to the season.

James Collins says that our latest Academy graduate Callum Ainley is a ‘super talent’ with a promising future ahead of him. The club’s first-team coach says that the versatile Ainley thoroughly deserved his late cameo appearance against Swindon Town last weekend after impressing for the Under-18s this season. Ainley has hit four goals this season for Kenny Lunt’s youth side.

Ainley marked his first-team appearance when replacing the injured Lauri Dalla Valle with five minutes left of normal time during the 3-1 loss to the Robins. 

Collins, who worked with Ainley in the Academy set-up told us: “When a young player comes through and makes his debut for the first team it can go under the radar a bit at this club because it is kind of expected.

“It is great for Callum as he is still a second year scholar but Steve (Davis) thinks he is ready and that is why he included him in the squad and was then prepared to put him on. It was a baptism of fire on Saturday for him to come on against Swindon when we are chasing the game a bit but it would have been a great experience for him.

“He deserved it because he has done really well for the Under-18s. He hasn’t played a lot of Under-21 football and that is probably the next step of his development, to become our best player at that level.

James added: “There is no great rush with him but Callum is a super talent with a bright future ahead of him. He is a super lad as well and hopefully he will get more opportunities this season.”

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