Grimsby Town manager Michael Jolley has confirmed that winger Max Wright will make his full EFL Sky Bet League Two debut this Saturday (3pm).
The Town youth academy graduate, who scored seven goals on loan at Boston United this season, made his league debut in the Mariners’ 2-1 defeat to Notts County last weekend.
And Town boss Jolley has confirmed that the 21-year-old, who impressed on his debut last Saturday, will start against Crewe Alexandra at Blundell Park this weekend.
Speaking on iFollow Mariners, he said: “Max will definitely start the match on Saturday.
“It’s fully-deserved, and for him to start his first game at Blundell Park – it will be an exciting day for him, and I’m sure he’ll grasp it with both hands.
“We’d like to be a club that can give young players opportunities, and we’re playing a club on Saturday that has a good track record with that.
“And I think if we’re going to be successful our youth academy has a very important role to play in it.
“This season Harry Clifton has made 32 starts, which is a real sign of progress for him so he’s very much the trail-blazer at the moment, and there are others coming along behind him.
“But if we’re going to be successful we probably need our youth academy to provide us with players.”
And Jolley believes this weekend’s opposition, Crewe Alexandra, will be one of the better teams in Sky Bet League Two 2019-20.
He said: “I’ve got huge respect for them, and I think Dave Artell and Kenny Lunt have done excellently with Crewe.
“You know what you’re going to get from Crewe, they’ll be a good football team, they’ve got some terrific young players – Kirk, Ainley, Lowery, Ng – all lads who have come through the academy.
“And they’re really flourishing, and I think they’re on a terrific run at the moment.
“I think Crewe are one of the teams to look out for next season – I think they’re maturing as a team and I think they’ll be one of the better teams next year, and it will certainly be a tough match for us.”
Ahkeem Rose, Ludvig Öhman, and Jordan Cook will all miss the game through injury, while Harry Cardwell is being monitored.
Watch Michael Jolley’s full pre-Crewe Alexandra press conference for free on iFollow Mariners.