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Lamb Has Confidence In Young Guns

31 December 2014

YOUTH team coach Alan Lamb thinks the club has a bright future and he is hoping to see some more of his young players making it into the first team.

Alan, who was a product of the Town youth system himself, is pleased with the progress since he took over from Stuart Watkiss last month.

He said: “It's been really good and I'm enjoying it. I'm looking for some more consistency now, but if we can carry this form on then that will be brilliant.

“Stu (Stuart Watkiss) had done a fantastic job with them, so I've come into a group that already have the ideas that I want to bring across. The lads are a very hard-working, a very honest group. As long as they give me one hundred percent then I am happy.

“I am very big on the lads enjoying their football, so training involves a lot of small-sided games.”

Alan's side have acquitted themselves well in recent weeks – including a victory at table-toppers Hull City and a win against Football League Two side Mansfield Town.

Alan said: “Let's be honest, we come up against some very strong sides, who technically are a little bit better than us. So again, we concentrate on putting them under pressure and stopping them playing. We've done that and, like I said, I haven't had to change a lot.”

Although he confirms that his number one goal is to see some of his players sign professional contracts at the club, he admits that it will be difficult to emulate last season's success story.

Obviously it is to get lads to sign professional contracts,” he said. It was great for Ellis (Humble), Paul (Walker) and Caine (Winfarrah) to sign pro contracts. It is going to be a big ask to get three through again, but at the same time we have got some good potential at the club.

“It is my job to try to help them, to push them towards getting a professional contract.

“A lot of the lads were involved with the first team pre-season, which was great. That is my ultimate aim. But it is up to them to have the desire to push to that next level.

“There are one or two that are ready to be really pushed on now.”

And Alan says that he would love to see his home-town team promoted back into the Football League - a move which would boost the club in more ways than one.

He added: “Our aim is for the first team to get promoted and we end up with some decent money.

“Certainly for the youth it is a great thing, it enables us to pay for more equipment, facilities, extra coaching staff. The whole youth system would become a lot bigger and it would be great for the town all round.”

In closing Alan said: “I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year from myself and the 9-16’s coaching staff at GTFC.

“I would like to thank all those involved in helping sustain the youth development programme. Your continued support is very much appreciated.”

The boys are next in action on Saturday when they host Lincoln City at Cheapside (11am). 

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