Port Vale Coach Mick Ede has saluted Micky Adams decision to utilise some of the Clubs Apprentices within his first team squad.
Ede watched on Tuesday night as three of his youngsters made the Valiants bench for their game against Lincoln City.
Sam Moray entered the field of play in the second half to make his debut in the victory over the Imps, while Anthony Maldon and Matty Bell remained as unused substitutes.
Ede admits that the trio’s inclusion was a huge plus point for his hard-working youth side and reiterated that Vale have the potential to push more talent through.
“It’s very important to see that a Club is still producing talent and local talent at that,” he said. “Two of the lads are from the Stoke on Trent area, which is a massive bonus for the area and for the Football Club.”
“If you read some of the Manager’s comments last week, he said that he would be testing the second years to see if they are ready for it and true to his word, that’s what he has done.”
“It’s all a great experience for the guys and I hope that they can take it in and that they aren’t overwhelmed. They are all level headed so I am positive that they will all take in the experience and I am sure the senior pros have put their arms around them and helped them through.”
“Sam has had a good season and he is very strong on the ball. He wants to be a professional footballer more than any player I have ever met and if he can continue with his enthusiasm and the way he has been playing, I am sure he will be pushing the first team squad for a few more games to come.”
“I think Anthony is somewhere around the 20-mark already in terms of goals. He’s another one who is having a great season – he has great talent. If you give him the ball, he will score goals.”
“Matty has probably been our most consistent performer this season. He likes playing on the left hand side of midfield and has also played at left-back this season. He is really growing in confidence in the position and has made the spot his own this season. He has totally deserved his place in the squad.”
“If the other youth team players can see that the young lads are being given an opportunity, I am sure they will all be chomping at the bit trying to impress the manager and do the same.”