Buxton signing Lucas is another ‘for the future’

Buxton Fc v Leek (yellow), Reece Lucas
Buxton Fc v Leek (yellow), Reece Lucas
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Reece Lucas will be hoping to follow what is becoming a well trodden path from Buxton to the big time.

The teenager has signed for the Bucks ahead of the 2016/16 Northern Premier League season, having impressed boss Martin McIntosh during pre-season.

And McIntosh says a big part of the Silverlands appeal for promising youngsters is the chance to progress in the game.

Speaking after a 2-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the Keith Alexander Memorial Trophy, McIntosh told the Advertiser: “We looked at about seven or eight trialists in the game.

“We’ve signed Reece Lucas, who we had last year on trial, he has played really well.

“Reece used to be at Rotherham United, he’s just turned 19 and he’s a good one for the future.”

Having helped develop the likes of Marc Roberts who is now a Championship player at Barnsley, McIntosh says Buxton are getting a name for themselves as a place to kickstart careers.

“When players come to Buxton they really do enjoy it,” he said.

“I do like to bring young players in, those who want to get on in the game.

“We give them the platform, they will be watched by other clubs here.

“Along with Ilkeston we’ve become a club whose players go on to play at a higher level, they go on to bigger things and we help them on their way.

“We give players an opportunity and hopefully they help us to get into a good position in the league – although you can’t always have everything.”

The Scot was a happy man following victory over the Silkmen on Tuesday night.

He admits there’s normally little in the way of conclusions to be drawn from pre-season fixtures, but the performance was a good one.

“The performance was fantastic from our lads in all honesty,” he said.

“Sometimes in pre-season I don’t like to say that, a couple of years ago we lose every pre-season game and then had the best start to the league season I’ve ever had.

“But the lads look in really good shape against a team who weren’t far off the National League play-offs last year.

“To match them and not concede was brilliant.

“I’m quite pleased, although we’ve played more pre-season games than them, we can only judge on what we see.”

Buxton’s goals in the friendly came from Lee Bennett and Ali Taylor.

They’re back in action on Friday when they visit Brighouse Town.

McIntosh will use the fourth friendly of the summer to take another look at several trialists.

“That’s another chance to look at most of the same lads,” he said.

“We’ve still got a lot of time to make decisions, and a lot of the trialists are still looking elsewhere, it goes both ways.

“There could well be more trialists to look at as well.

“We’ve only lost three or four from last season, we’re in pretty good shape, but we’re probably going to bring in another four or five.

“When that will be I don’t know, I want to bring in the right players, those who want to be here and are comfortable in our environment, comfortable with myself and Tim.

“We want players to be here for the right reasons.”

After Friday’s visit to Brighouse, Buxton will be at home to Burton Albion on 27th July and Chesterfield on 30th July.

They visit Leek Town on 2nd August and Glossop North End on 6th August in their final friendly.