Several of Latics’ promising youngsters have been enjoying spells with local non-league outfits over the past few weeks and here’s a round-up of their progression.
At the weekend, Luke Southerington made his debut for New Mills on a short-term work experience deal playing against Barnton in the North West Counties Football League.
The shot-stopper illustrated his leadership qualities as he confidently commanded his area on numerous occasions as the Millers picked up a 2-2 draw at Church Lane.
In November 2021, FC United of Manchester secured the services of the lightning-fast attacker, Vani Da Silva, on a temporary basis. He is now expected to ply his trade at another local non-league club in the coming days and weeks.
The 19-year-old has worn the red of the Northern Premier League Premier Division side twice, alongside former Latics scholar Drew Baker, which both arrived from the bench in 2-0 victories against Mickleover Sports and Stafford Rangers.
Curzon Ashton shrewdly added Isaac Modi to their ranks, and the creative midfielder instantly earned a place on the bench for the Nash’s FA Trophy encounter with Alfreton Town on Saturday.
Although he didn’t feature, Modi will become a vital component to the attacking line-up at the Tameside Stadium in the coming weeks following his impressive performances in the Youth Team.
Young defender Will Sutton has returned to parent club @OfficialOAFC after four months on loan at The U Lock It Stadium.— Witton Albion Football Club (@WittonAlbion) December 19, 2021
He made 23 appearances for The Albion, scoring one goal.
We’d like to wish Will the very best for his future. We’re sure it’s a bright one ahead. pic.twitter.com/hADnlgUDss
Will Sutton has provided an example of the importance of experiencing senior football on a regular basis with his loan stint at Witton Albion and has now moved up a division to feature for Farsley Celtic in the National League North for an initial month. This is to ensure his quick development continues.
A powerful central defender, Sutton displayed an abundance of physicality, bravery and determination as he established himself as a mainstay amongst the backline in Northwich.