Teen keeper to stay with Gladiators

Matlock Town boss David Hoole.
Matlock Town boss David Hoole.

Teenage Matlock Town academy and reserve goalkeeper Jordan Pierrepont will be part of the first team set up next season.

And manager Dave Hoole has said he would have no worries about throwing in the talented 18-year-old, who had trials at Sheffield Wednesday last season.

“Jordan, like several of our players, is an up-and-coming footballer,” he said.

“We will get him some time in the first team if we possibly can. It’s no secret that I do like to test the young lads out.

“It’s a bit of a different scenario now to the end of last season as the results really matter a lot more now than they did in those last nine games.

“It was always important to get the right result but it gave me an opportunity to try some of the young boys as the pressure was off me as an individual.

“Now it’s a new season and it’s all about the results and the style of football we’ll be playing.

“But I have no problems putting any of the young lads in at the right time in the right game. We have to manage them as they are young kids.”

As far as a first choice keeper goes, Hoole added: “We are not sure as yet – that’s still in the pipeline.

“We are just making a few phone calls and we have one or two keepers coming in on trial pre-season, without spilling any names. It’s an ongoing thing.”