CHESTER CITY manager Mark Wright last night paid tribute to the club's impressive youth system, and also praised the clutch of youngsters who are starting out on their fledgling professional careers with the Deva Stadium club.
City's youngsters, only one of whom had first team experience, ran Nationwide Conference club Northwich Victoria's seasoned professionals close last Saturday, and were unfortunate to go down 1-0. "The youth set up at the club is a credit to those involved, and the players that we have taken on this year are willing to learn their trade, and are making giant strides in the game," said Wright.
Defenders Roberts Marsh-Evans and James Vaughan, midfielder Paul Rutherford, and striker Chris Holroyd, are all in the early stages of their professional football careers, but the quartet are impressing the former Liverpool and England defender with the progress they are making.
Marsh-Evans and Holroyd have been with City's youth set up for a number of years and were awarded first-year professional contracts earlier this summer, both the 18-year-olds had outstanding games at Northwich last weekend. "Holroyd looks extremely sharp and he is progressing with every week that passes, while Marsh-Evans has the defensive awareness and strength of a much older player," he added.
Both players are expected to be included in the City squad who travel to face UniBond League newcomers Cammell Laird's tonight.
Wright is expected to take the majority of his first team squad to Birkenhead, plus a number of trialists who have been training with the club this week.
Meanwhile, former City defender Scott McNiven who was released at the end of last season, has turned down an offer from former Chester manager Ian Atkins to join Torquay.