Tranmere Rovers Manager Ronnie Moore says all three of Rovers’ first year professionals could make an impact on the first team this season.
Cole Stockton, Jake Kirby and Will Vaulks will join the rest of the squad in training next week after progressing through the youth ranks at Prenton Park. And Moore thinks all three could do a job for him this year.
“They’ve all got chances,” Moore told the Club’s website. “Will has got six months to prove what he can do and I’m sure he will. He can play centre half, midfield or full back.”
“The other two lads have had a little taste of first team football.”
“I like Jake, I thought he did well when he came on against Scunthorpe. He’s got good ability and he’s one who might surprise one or two people this season.”
Meanwhile Moore is also tipping Ash Taylor, another to come through Rover’s youth system to become a future Premier League player.
The 21-year-old centre-back is about to start his fourth season as a professional and already has over 100 senior games under his belt.
“I think this is going to be a big season for Ash Taylor,” said Moore. “There is quality in the way he plays and I think he has the potential to make a very good living from the game.”
“He has signed a new contract and that shows his loyalty to us. He is certainly one of those in our squad who can go on from here. If he improves the way I think he can improve, he could have a future in the Premier League.”
The quality and importance of Rovers youth policy is not lost on Moore who is now in his third spell as the Club’s Manager.
“Tranmere have been renowned for bringing young players through since the days when Warwick Rimmer set up the youth development system in 1987,” continued Moore.
“Shaun Garnett is in charge of the youth now, Warwick is still around and we continue to produce good young players.”
“It is all about these young lads getting into the first team, playing games and getting themselves into the shop window.”
“This season with seven substitutes, I can have kids on the bench and if things are going well in the game I can have a look at one of them. If you get them on for 20 minutes or half an hour, the experience can be so valuable.”
“Those young players are always going to be the future at this Club.”