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Defender's progress pleases coach

19 November 2018

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Youth coach Miguel Llera has spoken highly of academy graduate Jamie Sharman, who signed his first professional contract on Friday.

After the defender put pen-to-paper on an 18-month contract, with an option for an extra year, Llera, said: “I’m really happy because I have been working with him over the last year.

“He’s a centre-back, which is the same position as I used to play. He has been doing really well and taking on board everything that we have tried to teach him.

“I always try to tell the players that the more you can take on board what we teach, the better chance they have of getting a professional contract.

“Levi (Amantchi) has done it as well and they are both getting the rewards from that.”

Llera went on to describe what Spireites fans can expect to see from  Sharman, saying: “He’s a pretty tall guy, around six foot three. He’s a skinny guy but at the same time he’s a strong boy.

“He’s really comfortable in possession and under pressure. He can play with both feet; he’s right-footed but he can also play with his left foot.

“He's very capable at heading in attack and in defence. I think in the future he is going to be a really good player.

“We will work with the first team manager to try and introduce him into the first team slowly.”

Following on from Amantchi also signing a professional deal last month, MIguel explained that other youngsters in the academy can see the pathway in place at the club.

“It’s important for the whole academy," he said. "The kids that start in the academy at seven or eight years old can see how others are progressing.

“If the rest of the players see that kids who really deserve it are getting professional contracts, then they know it’s down to hard work.”

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