Head of Coaching Tips Defender To ShineRichie Kyle has tipped Harrison McGahey for a bright future in tangerine, following the defender's promotion to the first-team starting line-up.
The 18-year-old, who has been a key figure in Kyle's North West Youth Alliance league winning side this season, made his professional debut for The Seasiders last Friday after being offered a contract.
Having coached him on a daily basis, Kyle knows the ability McGahey has and hopes to see many more youngsters make the step up in the future.
"Seeing Harrison last week, not just getting into the first-team but the way he performed, I was so proud of him," he said. "The lad has got a bright career and future.
"My job is to get Barry Ferguson first-team players. It's great winning league titles and getting to cup finals but I'm judged by how many players I get in that first-team. I was pushing for Harrison because I knew he was coming on leaps and bounds. To see the way he's slotted in, it looks like he's been there for years."
McGahey was one of three youth team players to be offered professional terms recently, with Mark Waddington and Connor Hunt the other two looking to impress.
"They've got to be inspired by what Harrison has done," Kyle continued. "Barry Ferguson has been good in the fact that he's given youth a chance, and he's shown that if you've got ability then you'll get a chance at this club. I know Mark has been training with the first-team and Connor has with Tony Warner. It should inspire them that they've been given a chance."
Unfortunately eight youth team players will also depart the club, but Kyle remains hopeful that those lads will find alternative teams.
"I'm new to this job and it was my first year so I found it hard as it would be. Hopefully they will go on and get a career because of the attitudes that they have. They've all got ability and I hope that people watching the other night would have seen that. No matter if they don't make it in football, they'll do well in anything they do in life," he added.