The Club’s progress in developing young players has been substantially noted on the national full time football scene with agents and scouts regularly either in contact with the Club or watching the Club’s matches.
Adam Lovatt has been of particular interest to Clubs, and representatives of Clubs, as was Davide Rodari before his long term injury from which the Club are delighted he is just back. In fact the Club had reached agreement with Sunderland AFC for the sale of Adam Lovatt on the last day of the latest transfer window but unfortunately the transfer could not be finalised due to difficulties in getting Adam’s medical completed before the window closed and without the medical the EFL did not have it in their power to rubber stamp the proposed transfer.
Obviously the situation was a disappointment to both Adam and the Club and the Club think it is a credit to Adam in terms of how he has buckled down to his football since his disappointment. The Club is sure that Adam will get his wish of getting into full time football, maybe at the end of this season, as the Club are aware of a number of full time professional Clubs that are watching Adam on a regular basis.
In addition the Club know that a number of its other young players are of interest to full time professional Clubs. This is good for the players and shows the Club’s policy of developing young players is working both via its academy and through prudent importation of young players that do no come direct from its academy source.
Chris Agutter is of the opinion that there are a number of young players that have yet to make their first team debut that are not far away from being ready to do so which is further evidence and encouragement to the Club that on the development of player front the future continues to look positive.