The Evo-Stik League Northern Premier
Published 10th October 2011
...look to attract young players like Helio Andre.
The 19-year-old Angolan-born striker has scored in the last two games for the Kirklands club after joining late last month.
A former Rochdale youth player, Andre has earned high praise from Sullivan, who has also managed to recruit David McNamara following his release by Tranmere Rovers.
Sullivan has made no secret of the financial constraints under which he has to work but insists there is little point in dwelling on the situation.
“We’ve got to be as positive as we possibly can,” said Sullivan.
“Everyone knows the situation and so complaining about it will not change anything.
“We deal with it.
“Helio Andre has come in and done really well.
“He’s a young lad and an ex-pupil at the Childwall school where I work.
“He was released by Rochdale last year and there is a big difference between Academy football and non-League football. The gulf is massive and I think a lot of young players who are released by clubs assume they’ll be able to play non-League.
“That does non-League a bit of a disservice because this level of football is very hard.
“The turnover of non-League players breaking into the Football League is not that great.
“Helio is raw but has great potential and we just hope he fulfills it at Cammell Laird.
“He is the type of player that you look to attract. Young lads who maybe have lost their way in football and perhaps want a platform.
“We’ve had David McNamara all season and he was a lad released by Tranmere Rovers.
“He has bags of potential and we are giving him the opportunity to play again.”