Alex Morris believes that the club’s young players are beginning to show that they can handle the ‘treadmill of playing twice a week’. The club’s first-team coach says that the likes of Callum Ainley, Charlie Kirk, Ryan Wintle and Harry Pickering are showing that they can last 90+minutes and then go again a few days later.
He now expects the emerging Harry Pickering, Tom Lowery and Oli Finney to do the same throughout the coming season.
Morris told the club’s official website: “We always have a high ratio of former Academy players in our squad and that won’t change. That is the foundation of the club and maybe this season we will see even more in the matchday squads and more starting games.
“The likes of Kirk, Ainley and Wintle now have even responsibility because they are senior players now. There is a new batch coming through behind them and they will be expected to play 40+ games again, the same goes for Harry Pickering, who probably would have done but for injury last season.
“Then you have the likes of Finney and Lowery, who need to push towards that and establishing themselves in the team. They need to show that they can play 30+ games if they can.
“Those younger ones have developed physically and mentally they have shown that can handle the treadmill of playing week in week out. That is what it takes to be a professional footballer.”