QUENTIN TOWNSEND has urged new signings Danny Moy and Michael Wright to view Pershore Town as the perfect stage to showcase their emerging talents.
The manager believes the capture of the young front-runners will be vital pieces of the jigsaw for Town’s forthcoming Midland League Division One campaign.
Moy, 19, joins from Alvechurch, having been a regular scorer through their age groups, and 20-year-old Wright, a Jamaica U20 international, arrives from Tamworth after a stint with Worcester City. A deep-lying forward, he played and scored against Pershore for City in their friendly earlier this month.
Townsend suggests they have the talent to ‘rip up the league’ and wants the duo to see Town as an opportunity and to put themselves in the shop window.
“If they come in and score 20-25 goals for Pershore, then they will have more and more clubs from higher leagues looking at them,” said Townsend. “I hope that will prove to be the case because that means they have been successful and so have Pershore. I have got no issues with them putting themselves in the shop window.
“Sometimes young players need to drop down a level or two to get the games they need to flourish. For Danny and Michael, it’s a new start and an opportunity. They have clearly got the ability and now we can give them the chance to show it regularly on the pitch. Lads at this age need to be playing.
“Danny has always scored goals – he knows where the net is. Michael is a clever footballer, who can have an impact on the players around him. They will be big parts of the jigsaw.”
The duo both featured in Pershore’s last two friendlies, a 0-0 draw with a youthful Kidderminster Harriers side and a 2-0 defeat at Wolves Casuals.
Townsend was pleased with the clean sheet against a Harriers U23s side and, although they were on the back foot for long periods, Pershore created the better chances.
Against Casuals, who finished West Midlands Premier runners-up last term, the boss was left more frustrated as Town struggled to make the most of their possession.
It is still a work in progress but Pershore expect to have their strongest squad available in the whole of pre-season when they welcome Evesham United to the King George V Stadium tonight (Friday).
Dane Aldington, James Walker and Mitch Butterworth are all available after having to sit out the Casuals match, while Ben Lane is expected to be fit after a hamstring niggle.
After the Evesham game, Pershore entertain Malvern Town in their final friendly on Tuesday before next Saturday’s league opener at home to Heather St John’s.