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Aaron Martin heaps praise on Accies youngsters

Experienced defender Aaron Martin believes the youngsters working around him have the potential to play anywhere.

The 31-year-old saw his career heavily influenced by his time at Southampton and believes the youngsters at Hamilton have what it take to reach that level.

He said: “I was at Southampton and the amount of top-quality youth players they have brought through there is just incredible.

“I can see players here who are at that level, they will go on to have massive futures. They are lucky to be playing in a League of this quality. I think the standard of football is way better than what people think.

“There are so many players who have gone from this league to play in the English Premier League and if the young lads here can keep playing and progressing like they are there is no reason why they can’t go onto that.”

Martin hopes he can use his experience and knowledge of the game to help the younger players in the squad.

He said: “As a player I like to help people, there are a lot of young players in the squad, but they are players with massive potential.

“Its nice for me to use what I have learned to try and pass it on to these lads and they have been taking it all in.”

The defender, who played alongside Jamie Hamilton and George Stanger during his last appearance against Motherwell, believes the exposure to first team football will help these players in their development.

Martin said: “As a player games are what makes you better, you learn from different situations. The more you play in games the better the player you become.

“To be at a club like this who rely on their youth players it is a great chance to come and play at a very good standard. This gives the players what they need at the right time.”

Nickolas McInally – 15th Jan 2021 – 16:45

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