Sarll: ‘If he realises his potential he will be a terrific player’

PUBLISHED: 06:25 29 April 2017

Tom Conlon. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

Tom Conlon. Picture: HARRY HUBBARD

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Stevenage boss Darren Sarll has spoken of his delight that Tom Conlon has signed a new contract – and now wants him to kick on and realise his “terrific” potential.

The young midfielder was set for a starring role this season and started the first four games of the year before damaging knee ligaments in the home game against Luton Town in August.

That injury has kept him out for the full season but he is set for another year at least at the Lamex after agreeing to an extension.

Sarll said: “He’s had a really tough year. I’ve made no secret as to how important he was going to be to me this year.

“He was a big part of my plans and a massive part of the preparation in pre-season and he’s had to go off career-threatening injury at such a tender age, and away from home, but his conduct and his professionalism during his time in rehabilitation has been absolutely first-class and his start to the season was first-class.

“I think the club did the right thing by him and they gave him the opportunity to have another season.”

And the Stevenage manager is excited to see where his undoubted talent will take him next year.

“He’s a gifted young man and what we need to see now is that coming out in the first team, week in, week out,” said Sarll.

“The biggest test for young players is can he do it in a winning team? Their individual performance is sometimes the least important thing in the day. The most important thing is did the football club win?

“That’s where Tom needs to set his sights, as a starter in a winning team, Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday.

“We all know he’s got good technical ability but hopefully the maturity and experience from having such a setback will strengthen his resolve and move him forward.

“But if he realises his potential he will be a terrific player.”

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