Iron boss Russ Wilcox praised 16-year-old Noel Burdett, after the young forward took a place on the bench for the final-day meeting with York City at Glanford Park on Saturday.Burdett is still in compulsory education, and the club were required by the Football League to gain permission from his school in order for the academy player to be involved against the Minstermen.
That permission was granted, with the youngster stepping in to replace the injured Hakeeb Adelakun among the substitutes, and Wilcox told The Iron Player: “I’ve watched him a few times at youth level, and that was his reward.
“I was very impressed in the reserve game against Doncaster when he played against two experienced centre-halves who had played in the Championship this year. Hopefully it gives the youth players at the club a big boost.
Although Burdett didn’t feature on the pitch against the Minstermen, he appears set for a bright future in the game as he looks to emulate the likes of Iron academy graduates Matt Sparrow and Niall Canavan – who established themselves in the side having graduated from the Iron academy.
Burdett is just one of a number of talented youngsters in the United ranks at present, and Wilcox added: “We’ve got some good players coming through, and it’s probably the best crop we’ve had since the Matt Sparrow and Nathan Stanton days.
“Tony [Daws] and Paul Harsley have done an outstanding job on that side of it, along with their staff.”
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