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Trainee Truelove makes mark

29 April 2013

Debut for first-year scholar

First-year scholar Jack Truelove is still pinching himself after being handed his first-team debut in Saturday's npower League One match at Leyton Orient.

The 17-year-old left-back (pictured) was introduced as an 80th minute substitute at the Matchroom Stadium.

"It was a massive shock and I don't think it has sunk in yet what has happened," he said.

Yet 30 hours earlier, Truelove has no inkling as to what was about to happen.

Truelove explained: "I turned up on Friday morning expecting to train with the youth team.

"The manager told me to go back to my digs to get my tracksuit as I was travelling with the first team to Leyton Orient.

"Not only that but he also said I would be on the bench."

And it got even better when Truelove replaced Connor Brown late in the game.

He says playing in front of a crowd of over 5,000 provided an atmosphere he had never experienced before.

As to his cameo, Truelove was happy how he did.

He said: "I felt I did well and tried to get forward whenever I could. I also felt more confident as the game wore on.

"The game was a lot more physical than I was used to and the pace was also quicker.

"I was also up against Dean Cox and Moses Odubajo, who were continually changing wings and they were a good test for me."

Truelove joined home-town club Burnley as an under-eight and was released when he was under-16's.

He joined Latics towards the end of the under-16's season and was soon offered a scholarship.

Truelove, who can also play centre back, added he has trained a number of times with the first team in the season just ended.

And he says he has tried to learn from left-back Jonathan Grounds, both on the training ground and watching him in matches.

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