McGregor impressed by Welch’s development

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:32 16 May 2018

Jarrad Welch. Picture: Will.T.Photography

Jarrad Welch. Picture: Will.T.Photography

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Weston boss Marc McGregor believes attacking midfielder Jarrad Welch can become a talisman for the Seagulls next season.

The 19-year-old Welshman enjoyed a promising first season in BS24, showing signs he can go some way to filling the void left by Dayle Grubb after he joined Forest Green Rovers in January.

Welch, who was released by Cardiff City last summer, made a steady start to the campaign before being handed more responsibility in the closing weeks of the campaign which saw him net two stunning goals in the National League South and the equaliser in the Somerset Premier Cup final victory over Paulton Rovers.

And McGregor believes Welch is developing into a well-rounded player, capable of playing at a higher level in the future.

He said: “It’s difficult when you get let go by a professional club and you have to be mentally strong to drop down to this level, which is a good level, and try to apply yourself.

“We’ve worked hard with Jarrad in one-on-one sessions and he’s worked hard in the group. He’s earned the right to be one of our better players now.

“He’s started to make more good decisions on the pitch, and he can really kick on now.”

And the Weston boss told the Mercury the club offers a pathway to the Football League for ‘young, hungry players’.

He added: “We won’t be selfish with Jarrad, as long as I’m in charge I won’t be selfish with any players. We will move them on, get fees for the club and help them become professional footballers.

“Our players are at the right club if they want to bounce up through the leagues. If they were with other teams locally they wouldn’t have the trust and right to express themselves which we give them.

“We’re gaining a reputation for that, which is great. We can move players on for a fee, and bring in more young, hungry players.

“I’ve had calls from players who want to come here just because of the way we play. We will attract that sort of player we probably wouldn’t normally get for financial reasons because of the quality of football we play.”

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