Bristol Rovers are close to adding to their squad with the capture of defender Liam Scales, as reported by The Irish Times.
Graham Coughlan’s side have been busy in the transfer market this summer with a number of impressive signings, including Mark Little from recently-relegated Bolton Wanderers.
They’re now poised to bring in another defender, 20-year-old Liam Scales. The youngster is currently on the books of UCD, but is reported to be close to a move to England. The Gas are likely to beat Manchester City to his signature, despite him having a trial with them last season.
Scales can operate at left back or centre back, with UCD manager Collie O’Neill not surprised clubs from the Football League are looking his way.
“Liam has been brilliant for us ever since he’s been here,” said O’Neill. “He’s a top-class talent with a great attitude and it’s no surprise clubs are looking for him.”
He will become their fifth signing of the summer, joining Mark Litte at the Memorial Ground as well as Tom Davies, Josh Hare, and giant Dutch stopper Jordi van Stappershoef.
This signing has ‘one for the future’ stamped all over it, which isn’t a bad thing at all. The fact they look likely to pip Manchester City is a big positive too.
Signing for a club like the Premier League champions is a risk for a young player. They’ll get lost in a sea of talent, desperately trying to impress but likely cast aside at 22 or 23. Moving to League One affords them the chance of game time, as well as standing out a little from the crowd.
I hope this starts a trend, young players are much better served in and around a first-team squad that stagnating on the Under 23 pitches of the Premier League academies.