LEE CLARK says Krystian Pearce has a big role to play for Town this season.
The 20-year-old centre-back is the only one of the manager’s four transfer window signings yet to appear at first-team level, having been an unused substitute against both Bristol Rovers and Yeovil.
But he had another reserve outing as Town won 3-1 against Middlesbrough in yesterday’s totesport.com League Central Division clash at Billingham – and boss Clark says the former England Under 19 international signed from Premier League Birmingham, initially until the end of the season, has been hugely impressive on the training pitch.
“It’s clear to see Krystian means business,” said Clark, who also brought in Preston centre-back Neal Trotman on loan.
“He trains with real intensity, and has been catching the eye. There’s a lot of football still to go this season, and he’ll certainly be involved.”
Clark gave a run-out to teenage winger Taser Hassan yesterday.
The 18-year-old former Portsmouth player has been with non-league Fisher this season and had a recent trial with Town’s League I rivals Gillingham.
Nathan Clarke, Robbie Williams and Robbie Simpson were on target as Town’s second string made it two wins on the trot, and wrecked Boro’s bid for seven successive victories.