Matty Foulds was rested during last night’s JPT match against Morecambe to ensure he stayed an asset for the Club, with a number of clubs after his services.
Since his second half appearance in the Capital One Cup at Gigg Lane against Premier League opposition in Leicester City, Youth Team prospect Matty Foulds’ reputation within the game has soared.
This appearance was then followed by an outstanding performance in the first round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy against Accrington Stanley.
Since then the second year scholar has been in and around the first team set-up, sitting on the bench for every game since his successful first start for the Club.
Shakers boss David Flitcroft has confirmed that there are a number of highly reputable Clubs interested in the highly rated youngster. This was his main motivation for keeping Matty out of the team for Tuesday night’s defeat to Morecambe.
Talking after the match, David Flitcroft explained: “I’m protecting Matty, we’ve got some very good bids in for him now. It’s been bubbling along for a week now and some fantastic football Clubs want his services.
“We took a business decision to not play Matty, with the organisation and the business at the forefront of my mind, because I didn’t want tonight’s game upsetting that or getting in the way of that.
“We now have to follow that up over the next 24 hours and see where that’s at.”
The Gaffer has admitted that it is a bitter sweet moment for him because on one side he understands that it is a business deal, however he was hoping he would be able to see his young players break into the squad before they moved on.
However, he believes that due to the landscape of football it is hard to hold onto a young player as soon as bigger Clubs are interested in their services.
He said: “I have a dream and an idealism that I can watch the players here as well, because I want to be a Manager that watches our home grown players get in that first team set-up and watch them play.
“However, I think the way football is set up now, the bigger Clubs come sniffing and that’s the way the systems been designed I suppose and there’s a real furore not to miss out on any talent that’s out there.
“He is one of the best young centre-backs around, so I understand from a business point of view and that’s what we discussed.
“I thought it might be in year three or year four of the project here that we develop this group and it’s come sooner. That is pleasing for everyone at the Club, because a lot of hard miles have gone into it.”
Watch the full post-match interview with David Flitcroft on Shakers PlayerHD below: