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Waddock: Impressive Aldershot Town young stars have bright futures ahead of them

Members of the youth side have trained with the senior players and have impressed Gary Waddock, who watched the 6-5 defeat at Bashley from the stands

Eyes on the future: Gary Waddock believes young stars have bright futures

An Aldershot Town side that consisted of mostly U17s may have gone down 6-5 to Bashley in the Hampshire Senior Cup, but Gary Waddock believes some of them have bright futures ahead of them.

The first team boss was in the stands to watch the youngsters, as well as Charlie Walker, Jim Kellermann, Nick Arnold and Mark Smith, go head-to-head with a senior Bashley side.

Despite losing the tie, Waddock thought the young side did well, but that didn't come to a surprise to him as a few of the youth team have trained with the senior side before, impressing the squad when doing so.

"I thought they were very good and there were some really good standout performances, and with the experienced players who were playing I thought their attitude to help the younger lads was very good too." he said.

"When the older boys came off the field of play it made it slightly harder for the younger kids but all in all I thought they did really well.

"Some of the young lads come over and train with the first team, so it isn't a case of just seeing them at Bashley, they've come over and trained and a few of them have impressed us.

"But Tuesday evening backed it up that there are more than one or two in there who, if they continue their development, who knows?"

Waddock also insisted that clubs like Aldershot Town need to have young players breaking through into the first team, saying it would be nice for that to happen in the next few years.

He added: "Clubs like ourselves need young players coming through, it's good for everybody and it's good for the supporters to see a homegrown players come through the system, I'm not so sure we've had too many over the years.

"It would be nice if that could happen, whether it be two or three year's time or whatever the case may be, but some of those kids are only 16 so they aren't ready yet and won't be for a number of seasons but they have the potential."


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