Blues boss pleased with pre-season efforts

Sixteen-year-old Elliot Anderson has been impressing during Whitby Town's pre-season training sessions

Sixteen-year-old Elliot Anderson has been impressing during Whitby Town's pre-season training sessions

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Whitby Town’s players have made a positive start to their pre-season training schedule, according to manager Chris Hardy.

The Blues boss says he is “extremely happy” with both the turnout and the work his squad are getting through.

“Training has been going really well,” he added.

“There have been plenty of lads attending and we are putting in some hard work.

“We’ve started off doing a lot of fitness, but we are working with the ball as well.

“The efforts we put in on the training pitch will be crucial in us being successful when the season gets underway.”

Among the Blues players involved in the pre-season sessions are Whitby-based duo Elliot Anderson and James Organ-Simpson, who impressed in an open trial held earlier this month.

“Both the lads have come into the squad environment and taken to it,” Hardy said.

“They’ve both been making regular appearances, which is good, although James is now away on holiday for a few days.

“Elliot has really caught the eye. Technically he is a very good footballer.

“He’s holding his own with the established players in the squad at the moment and I’m very much looking forward to seeing him in a game situation once our pre-season fixtures get underway.”

Anderson is just 16 years of age, but Hardy is a firm believer that if you are good enough to play, then you are old enough.

“I 100 per cent believe that age is irrelevant if you are good enough,” he continued.

“All my managerial success in the past has been achieved by putting my faith in young players, and I am confident that a player’s ability will always shine through.

“Age and size isn’t that important, even in a really physical league like the Evo-Stik Premier Division, as long as a player can jump his height and tackle his weight.

“If a player shows me that he is good enough in training and impresses me then I won’t hesitate to give him a chance to prove himself in the team.”