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A Joint Morning on the Training Ground

21 April 2017

Lee Clark reveals all about training this morning.

This morning Lee Clark invited Bury FC’s scholars over the fence to join in with the First Team training session.

When I asked how they got on, Lee was very quick to praise “They did very well, I’ve been really impressed by the young players at the football club. We have had some who have come into the group and been involved in the games, via the bench or starting. I’ve been to see quite a few of their games since I have been here, and I’ve been impressed. This morning we needed some extra players on the pitch for training and I thought it would be a good time to bring the young players over, and they did extremely well”.

We all know the name Callum Styles; he burst onto the scenes at aged 15, and has been successful ever since. Another under 16 player who’s recently just accepted his two year scholarship starting next season is Callum Hulme. Callum made his first, First Team bench appearance earlier this week away at Bolton. But apart from these two, I wanted to know did anyone else catch his eye this morning. “There is four or five of them who are doing lots of good things, who are impressing us both on the training ground and the Under 18 games since I have been here. I am keeping a close eye on how they’re getting on and how they’re doing for the future. I like to give young players an opportunity to be in the team” Lee said positively.

Since the day the Manager arrived, he’s had a great belief in the young ones, from the likes of George Miller and Scott Burgess, Lee commented “It really excites me to see such young players that could potentially be in my squad in the near future. It was the route of how I got into football, so I have a great belief in it. I do like to give young players a chance, and encourage them to express themselves in the team. Obviously when they get to us, it’s a different environment in terms of winning football matches is the most important aim. To see these young players flourish in that environment, it does give us a lot of happiness, and I like to encourage these young lads to enjoy it!”

Ever since Lee Clark started at the club, he’s been on the side-line watching, not just Youth Team games, but Academy games too. I asked Lee if any of the baby Shakers have impressed him. “Yes, some weekends when we have been in on the Sunday before a mid-week game and the really young Academy teams are here at Carrington, I like to have a wander around and watch, see if any players catch my eye. This is from the likes of the Under 8’s and 9’, the little guys who are there, enjoying their football – I’m keeping an eye on them. The quality of the young players in the Academy is very impressive and I’m really excited about them for the future. It is pleasing knowing that there is a conveyor belt of young players who can potentially come and do a job for the First Team.

Finally, I asked Lee if he had a word of advice for our young scholars and Academy players going into next season. Lee was truthful in his response “Make sacrifices; it’s a great lifestyle. Give everything you can, work as hard as you can every day to try and get better. Be prepared, you will have friends that won’t be in football, are wanting to do other things away from what you do as a professional, remember to try and have that discipline not to get involved, because you need to be as fit and as athletic as possible. Stay dedicated to your career, it doesn’t last for long. Make sure you give everything you can”.

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