Oct 19 2013 by Neil Jones, Sat WIR
MAX POWER believes the emergence of players such as himself and new kid on the block Jake Kirby is testament to the work done by Tranmere’s youth coaches.
Having broken into the Rovers first team last season, 20-year-old Power has firmly established himself as a regular under manager Ronnie Moore. The midfielder has been an ever-present this season.
He has now been joined in the starting line-up by fellow youth-team graduate Kirby, who made a successful full debut against Bradford City last weekend.
And with striker Cole Stockton also knocking on the door of the first team, Rovers could well have a home-grown core to their side for a few years to come.
Power said: “A lot of our players have come through, and Jake could be the next one.
“It’s credit to the work that Shaun Garnett and Warwick Rimmer do here. It can only be good for the club to keep producing players through the youth system.”
Power was suitably impressed by 19-year-old Kirby’s performance on his first start.
“I was really pleased for Jake, and I thought he did really well,” he added. “I was in a similar situation to him last year, where you’re working really hard in training and you want that chance.
“He got given his chance on Sunday, and he did really well. He got a great assist for Lowey, and that will give him all the confidence in the world. Hopefully he can take that in to Saturday.
“I think when you come in to the side, you’re running on adrenaline at first. I am sure Jake was still on a high on Monday morning, and I’m sure he’s still on a high even now! I think there is a “no fear” factor. Nobody is expecting too much of you. With Jake, you could see on Sunday that he enjoyed it.”