Ryan praises young Bucks defenders

Ash Palmer gets in a block on Ilkeston's Gary Ricketts.
Ash Palmer gets in a block on Ilkeston's Gary Ricketts.

Player-assistant manager Tim Ryan has heaped praise on his fellow centre-backs, Jack Broadhead and Ash Palmer.

Ryan says that the young duo have impressed him in the early stages of the campaign and that both have matured since the opening day of the season.

Buxton FC v North Ferriby Utd, Jack Broadhead

Buxton FC v North Ferriby Utd, Jack Broadhead

Broadhead joined Martin McIntosh’s side on loan from League Two side Chesterfield ahead of the start of the season, before his impressive performances led to the Bucks manager extending the agreement.

Palmer meanwhile, started the season as third-choice centre-back but forced his way into the side after Ryan suffered an injury against Ilkeston.

Since then the 20-year-old has earned rave reviews for his performances, with McIntosh in particular hailing the former Scunthorpe man’s performances on a number of occasions.

Ryan echoed that praise, saying: “Ash has come on leaps and bounds since the start of this season.

“I think he’s matured and he’s now making his presence known out there on the pitch which has been shown with how well he’s been playing.”

Ryan also had words of praise for Broadhead, who signed a two-and-a-half year deal with his parent club in November 2012.

Ryan added: “Jack’s impressed me this season.

“He’s a good lad and like Ash, he’s matured more and more since the season started.”