Manager Tim Flowers spoke of the importance of utilising the Clubs’ youth programme going forward as he caught up with Silkmen TV earlier this week.
Academy Player of the Year Rocco Fregapane made the step up to the First Team at the start of the week, and Tim is looking forward to working with the young left back this season.
“Rocco has got pedigree,” he said.
“He came through at Man United, so he was very involved there as a very young lad.
“With the size of our football club, if you are producing players through your youth and academy system then that has got to be the way forward.”
Rocco has been on the new Manager’s radar since his first day at the Moss Rose, with Rocco being held in high regard by our EDS coaches.
“I was told when I first walked through the door that he has got a lot of potential; a lot of people were glowing about him in terms of almost being in and around a first team group.
“He has been in training with us every day, more or less, since we have been in and we are going to play a little friendly – we have got enough bodies to go 11v11 tomorrow morning.
“So, Rocco will have the chance to be a left back in one of those teams for 25/50 minutes so we can have a look at him.”
With a number of friendly games scheduled in the coming weeks, Tim is keen to watch Rocco in a match environment and will hand the youngster game time in order to evaluate him fully.
“We have got three games coming up next week so again he will be involved, and we will slowly drip him in and have a look at him,” Tim continued.
Using Rocco as an example to others in the Clubs’ youth programme, Tim spoke of the benefits and importance of producing players from within going forward.
“If a lad like him comes to the party and he is in amongst the first team squad then we have produced him for free, the next thing is to develop him.
“We either get many years and the fans a lot of joy watching him play, or he moves on and makes a fortune for the Club; either way it is a win-win for the Football Club.”