Ashton United are looking forward to a positive future with a large number of young players progressing through the ranks.
John Phelan reserve team coach has mentored a number of young players progress into the senior side at the club, as well as seeing over 20 Reserve players gain valuable experience on loan at a handful of Evo-Stik and North West-Counties sides and implement his football philosophy on the Robin’s Reserve’s playing squad, an exciting style of play can now be seen from back to front. Something that saw the Robins finish 3rd in the division, scoring over 50 goals in the process.
He said "The aim won't change next season, we want to develop the lads so when they get the chance in the first team they perform. It's never been about winning things for us, it's about development of the players and if we win trophies it's good for the lads but that isn't what it's about for the long term.”
Six players made the big step up from under-age football to the big time Phelan is hopeful that more players will come in and play the ‘Ashton United way’, things are definitely looking positive for the future. “The players are of a good standard and as the season went on, we have challenged in the league. There are a really good bunch of players and in the next couple of seasons they will break into the first team."