Assistant manager Richard Wilkins has backed Needham Market youngster Max Booth to have a successful career within the game, writes Liam Apicella.
Booth, 17, has been given the chance to impress the coaching staff at Ipswich Town after the Championship side handed him a trial — just as they did with team-mate Kieran Morphew last term.
And having worked with the midfielder since arriving to assist manager Mark Morsley in the summer, Wilkins believes Booth has the skillset to make an impression.
“He has got a lot of good attributes which will hold him in good stead,” said Wilkins, who turned out for the likes of Cambridge United and Colchester United during his own playing career.
“The one major asset he has is pace, which is a big thing to possess.
“Max certainly has all the credentials to go far, be it as a professional or higher up the non-league pyramid.”
Booth came on as a substitute during Needham’s 1-0 win over Met Police last weekend when Luke Ingram was on target, but Wilkins is unsure as to whether or not he will be available for the upcoming Ryman League Premier Division double header.
On Saturday the Marketmen are away to Wingate & Finchley (3pm), before playing host to fellow Suffolk side Lowestoft Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm).
“Every game in the Ryman League is tough and these two will be no different,” added Wilkins.
“With the exception of perhaps the top two (Leiston and Havant) all the teams in the league seem to be a bit inconsistent — us included.
“We will go to Wingate looking for the three points as we do in any game, but at the same time any point you can collect on the road should be regarded as a good one.
“Lowestoft are a bit up and down on and off the pitch right now, but they have some good players and we will need to be wary of them.
“We must be looking to get at least four points from those game, but in an ideal world it will be six — we are capable of that.”
With long-term absentees Morphew and Billy Clark remaining on the sidelines for the foreseeable future, Needham have bolstered their squad with the addition of George Allen on a one-month loan deal from Vanarama National League side Welling United.
Allen, who started his career on the books of Football League side Stevenage, operates in the centre of defence.
Defender Sam Nunn and experienced midfielder Kem Izzet were expected to take part in training last night and providing that they come through that unscathed, both could be involved in the squad at Wingate.
However, while midfielder Ollie Fenn is making good progress in his recovery from injury, he is still at least a week away from fitness.