TALENTED Andy Holdsworth will go into tomorrow night's match against Yeovil with the praise of manager Peter Jackson ringing in his ears.
Academy product Holdsworth has made a big impression this season - breaking into the first team after only a handful of Reserve appearances.
The 20-year-old has had two long spells at right wing-back and at the McAlpine tomorrow, he hopes to launch a third.
Jackson left the Pontefract-based player out of the home battle with Lincoln, preferring the height of Nat Brown against Keith Alexander's giant side, but Holdsworth is ready to be reinstated following Saturday's postponement at Carlisle.
"Andy was very unfortunate when I left him out," said Jackson, who gave Holdsworth his debut as a substitute against Bristol Rovers back in August.
"He has been playing very well, but I just thought Nat's extra height would come in useful against a big Lincoln side and the fact that Andy was on the bench was nothing to do with his performances.
"He showed how well he could do when he went on to replace Nat after he got injured, and that shows what a tremendous attitude Andy has got."
Holdsworth only flirted with the Reserve side last season, but he caught the eye of Jackson in Town's preparations for this campaign and he has had no regrets about throwing him into the senior set-up.
"Andy Holdsworth and Anthony Lloyd have been two of the success stories of this season," said Jackson.
"Both of them have done extremely well and I can't praise them highly enough.
"Lloydy has made the left-side role his own while Andy has stepped in excellently - and both of them are a pleasure to work with.
"It's great when two kids come through from absolutely nowhere - how many of our fans had heard of them at the start of the season? - and they have established themselves as first-team players.
"Andy's progress, in particular, has been remarkable because he's only played two or three Reserve games.
"He has basically come straight out of the Academy side and he has now played a lot more first-team games than he has in the Reserves.
"That shows how hard he has been prepared to work and, with his attitude, he has got the makings of a very, very good player."
Holdsworth scored a vital first goal for the club in the 4-2 Carling Cup success against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in September.
His mate Lloyd - still 19 but also from Pontefract - is off the mark as well, having scored the clincher in the 2-0 home win against Boston United in January.
Both players have signed new contracts with Town which will keep them at the McAlpine for the next two years.
"I am delighted to have sorted out terms with eight of the squad and, in these next few months, decisions will be made on other players," said Jackson.
"It's an uncertain time for players when they are waiting to hear if a contract will be offered or not, but that's part and parcel of football and something which has to be dealt with.
"As I've said, I'm very pleased with the ones I've got signed up and hopefully there will be more in the near future."