Academy graduates, Ollie Finney and Owen Dale, are ‘first-team ready’ now after showcasing their potential against Crawley Town on Saturday. Finney impressed on his first start at home in the league and Dale came off the bench to complete the scoring with an emphatic finish to make it 6-1.
David Artell says that the conveyor belt of talent continues and he says that the pair may become key contributors next season if they continue to work hard and develop.
David told the club’s official website: “Owen and Ollie are first team ready players now. They have both gone out on loan and worked hard for their opportunities. They have to keep it going because one terrific performance and one goal doesn’t make a career. This is just the start for them.
“Owen did his apprenticeship on loan with Witton and Altrincham and they were both very good with him. He had to develop and go there and do well because he could not have done and come back here with his tail between his legs. It would have stalled his development but he did play well.
“Ollie went out on loan to Halesowen and Nantwich and didn’t particularly enjoy it. It is not nice having to deal with that physical side and have another player go up and head the back of your head but he came through it.
“They both have to work hard every day and improve physically. They have to make sure that it isn’t just the adrenaline getting them through. They have to show that they can last 90 minutes and then go again a few days later.
“They know that this is just the start for them and they have got to go on and do it game in, game out.”