ANDY HOLDSWORTH is heading for the Premiership.
That's the message from Town manager Peter Jackson if his wing-back protege continues his rise up the football rankings.
Already a promotion winner, the 20-year-old has emerged as one of the club's biggest talents.
And Jackson, who has handed him the No2 shirt for the new Coca-Cola League I campaign, said: "Andy has got all the capabilities for being a tremendous footballer.
"He has excellent balance, he's good with the ball on either foot and his attitude is tremendous.
"I really couldn't have asked any more of him last season and the great news is that he's only going to get better still.
"He has already had an amazing rise because before he made the first team, he had played only twice in the Reserves.
"To end up playing 40 game shows how consistent he's been and I really do think he could go on and play in the Premiership."
Jackson has also been impressed with Holdsworth's close friend Anthony Lloyd.
"They come from the same town and they are inseparable - like twins," said Jackson.
"The great thing about the pair of them is that they would never let me down.
"Lloydy's form was so good last season that he kept Rob Edwards out of the team, which is a major achievement for any young player.
"Lloydy has gained a lot of experience and, with another step up for the coming season, he will only get better with the more games he plays.
"I am certainly not frightened of throwing him or Andy into any League I match, even though they know they've still got a lot of work to do on their respective games.
"Defensively there are things they can brush up on and the final ball is always something which can be honed, but generally speaking they have made outstanding progress and become valuable players for us."
Both Holdsworth and Lloyd are in the squad for Monday's friendly against Wakefield and Emley at the Welfare Ground (7.30).