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Jackson – A Long-Term Project

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Liam Watson, manager of Skrill North club AFC Telford United, still considers Martyn Jackson a long-term project….

…..despite the midfielder’s impact out on loan.

The former Manchester United and Burnley youngster has excelled at one-month spells with Stafford Rangers and Skelmersdale United.

He returned from Skem last week and travelled with the squad to last weekend’s 1-0 league victory at Workington, where he sat in the stands.

The 19-year-old has benefitted from a grounding in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League, having previously only played senior football at North West Counties level.

And Watson won’t rush Jackson into the Bucks’ first-team, even hinting he may loan him out again if there continues to be players ahead of him in the middle of the park.

The Telford boss said: “I have had good reports from wherever Martyn has been and this season was all about bringing him through and then seeing how far he has progressed.

“When the summer comes along, we will see where we go but, if I need to play him, I will. Depending on how much game time he gets, he may go out on loan again.

“If he gets a chance and does well, he will stay here. But we wouldn’t have looked to have given him a deal if we didn’t see a project in his development.

“He’s only been back with us for a week or so, but any player is going to get better with game time and Martyn is no different.”

Transfer-listed defender Dan Preston is out on loan at Calor League Southern Premier Division promotion contenders Stourbridge until the end of the month.

Watson has still been checking on his progress along with winger Jake Bennett, 18, who is starring in a temporary spell across Shropshire at Market Drayton Town.

The promising Telford-born teenager, the cousin of Norwich midfielder Elliott Bennett and Doncaster’s Kyle, is at Greenfields on a dual registration basis.

Watson said: “I spoke to Dan last week and Greg Clowes, the manager at Market Drayton, tells me Jake is doing well there so it’s all positive for those lads, really.

“They are better playing week in and week out than sitting on a bench and Jake is certainly one that I think has got a future. Hopefully, that will be at Telford.”

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