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INTERVIEW: You want young players to play

Gav Skelton with more on Sam Fishburn's debut

22 October 2021

Teenager Sam Fishburn marked his next step of what has been an extraordinary season with his league debut at Newport on Tuesday night.

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Replacing Zach Clough late in the day, he was sent on to get into the areas strikers thrive on, and caretaker manager Gav Skelton confirmed that he had no qualms at all in turning to the young striker to do just that.

“I think you want young players to play football,” he said. “It’s important he continues to do that. He’s done well, Sam, he’ll find he’ll be on a high, then around the corner there’ll be a kick up the backside, I’m sure.

“He scores goals, so it’s important he continues to play. You could probably loan him out tomorrow if you wanted, because there have been a couple of calls.

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“Lancaster were back on the phone wanting him, as you can imagine, because he did well for them. He’s definitely got himself on the map, but he needs to continue working hard in training.

“We let him play for the youth team last Friday, and we’ll allow him to play in the Youth Cup on Tuesday, because I do think it’s important that he plays football.

“In terms of a loan for him, there’s lots going on at the club at the moment, that will take care of itself in the next couple of weeks, so at the moment he’s probably best with us.”

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