The future is bright for Mansfield Town, according to boss Paul Cox.
Cox says he is encouraged by the quality of youth players currently on the club’s books and believes they may be on the verge of uncovering another hidden gem.
Tough-tackling midfielder Jack Thomas (18) has been added to the first-team squad after making his debut as a substitute in last season‘s 3-0 win over Rochdale.
Young full-back Liam Marsden has also become an established member of the first-team set-up after making his debut in the 3-1 defeat to Torquay United in April.
And Cox believes the talented duo could very well be the tip of the iceberg.
“There are some good young players here and I’m excited for the future,” said Cox.
“Liam Marsden has come on leaps and bounds, Chris Spencer has featured in pre-season and we have got two good young goalkeepers at the club.
“I feel for Jack Thomas. We had to look at central midfield players and that has limited his chances during pre-season.
“I have spoken to Jack about things, he will have a good future here.
“We have to be patient with the youngsters, it is my job to bring them through at the right time and at the right place so we do not damage them.
“They will make mistakes, but it is important the fans are understanding of them and supportive.
“I am confident that some of these players will be excellent players in a few months time, they will make people take notice.
“Some of our younger players have got the potential to be excellent players, they could go on to become another Sam Clucas.”
Paul Cox has previously spoken of the importance of developing players from within the club this season following the cut in playing budget.