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Whild: Young guns must keep improving
9:00am Friday 12th October 2012 in News
ASSISTANT manager Gary Whild does not want Harriers’ gifted bunch of young guns to rest on their laurels after helping the club get back on track.
The likes of Anthony Malbon, Ryan Rowe, Marvin Johnson, Chey Dunkley and Nathan Blissett have all played their part as the Aggborough outfit recovered from a disastrous start in the Blue Square Bet Premier.
The quintet are all enjoying their first full season as senior professionals but Whild wants them to push themselves even more.
Harriers go into Saturday’s league clash at Stockport County (3.30pm ko) fifth from bottom but on the back of a nine-game unbeaten run.
“Fans looks at the league table and see where we are and aren’t happy, so to that extent it is important even at this stage of the season,” said Whild.
“We’ve just got to keep getting results and we will move up the table.
“There’s a lot of hard work and improvement to be done and we won’t be happy until we’re back near the top six.
“People forget we’ve got players like Nathan Blissett, Ryan Rowe, Chey Dunkley and Anthony Malbon in their first full season at this level and they’re only young.
“What we don’t want from them is to sit back because they’re in the team, we want them to push on and get even better.”
Of all the youngsters Blissett has caught the eye. A summer signing from Romulus, the bustling centre forward has progressed in a short space of time.
Whild added: “Nathan is ahead of schedule in terms of development.
“We always try and identify players with ability but he’s not just working hard, he’s starting to have an influence on the game and it’s great to see.”
Meanwhile, Whild admitted the club would be keen to extend the loan deal of Luton midfielder Adam Watkins.
Despite being short on match practice, the 21-year-old has stood out for his energy and vision in the last two matces.
“We always want good players at the club and Adam fits the bill,” said Whild.
“If there was a chance to have him for longer it would be something we’d be interested in.”
Defender Josh Gowling remains a doubt for Saturday’s trip to Edgeley Park after injuring his shin on Tuesday night.
Fans who can’t make the game can follow all the action from Shuttle Online’s live blog, which will have teams news and the actin as it unfolds.