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"Ivor Lawton is a Coventry City die-hard. Jack Finch has surprised me with his progress." - Under-18s Manager Darren Murray

30 April 2014

The Under-18s Manager is also looking forward to welcoming next season's new crop of talent...

Coventry City Under-18s manager Darren Murray believes Academy products Ivor Lawton and Jack Finch still has a lot of work to do to become a success in the City first-team.

The club progressed three second-year apprentices; Ivor Lawton, Jack Finch and Ryan Haynes from this year's Academy crop by offering them professional terms at the club.

Haynes has already progressed into the senior squad having made two appearances for the first-team this season and was made the captain of the Under-21s side.

Lawton and Finch have featured heavily for the Under-21s and Under-18s sides this season but will be looking to break into the first-team next season in their first year as a professional footballer. 

Murray has praised both players for the hard work they've put in so gain their professional deals but has urged them to 'be at it' for pre-season. 

The Under-18s manager said: "Ivor Lawton is a Coventry die-hard. He works ever so hard and you can trust him to put everything into every game he plays for the club.

"I still think he needs to develop himself in that central midfield position but he has played centre-back for the Under-18s and Under-21s without looking out of place. 

"He is a great kid who has struggled with injury but came back from it. I think he needs to have a massive pre-season to make sure he is up to the standards of the first-team.

"Jack Finch is someone who I wasn't sure about when I first walked in and it was actually Neil MacFarlane who thought highly of him. He has changed my opinion over the season because I think he has grown up a lot.

"His football side of things is fantastic so it has been about getting at him to improve his character and again, he needs to be at it in pre-season to make sure he progresses to the next level."

Murray is set to welcome a new crop of youngsters next season as he bids to continue the success of the Coventry City Academy.

Under-16s players Bassala Sambou, Callum Maycock, Jordan Shipley and Jay Albini have already played at Under-18s level for the club and Murray believes it will give them a great platform to progress next season.

He added: "It is always exciting to welcome a new group of players into the building. We've got a few players coming into the group who have already played at this level and will know what it is about.

"Bassala Sambou scored a last minute goal in the last game of the season for us to win against Huddersfield Town. Callum Maycock, Jay Albini and Jordan Shipley have all played for us already as well.

"We've also got a number of players who we've signed into the club so it is exciting. They know how I work and have already gained a foundation in the Under-18s.

"I'm really looking forward to it and of course, it will be my first full season where I can put the systems in place in pre-season which will help create a good season going forward." 

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