Nelson boss Paul Fildes believes that the club will get the best out of loanee Jack Hartley as the teenage winger looks to secure professional terms with Accrington Stanley.
The highly-rated 18-year-old was allowed to join the Admirals on a temporary basis by Academy manager Paul Lodge following discussions last week.
Hartley, who has been on the books at the Crown Ground for five years, is hoping to impress senior boss John Coleman during his spell in the North West Counties Premier Division and may get his chance when the Blues host Bootle tomorrow (kick-off 3 p.m.).
“He came to training last week,” said Fildes. “He stood out and looked like he had a lot of talent. I think Stanley are keen to see how he fares against adults so they’ll be down to watch him.
“It’s good ammunition for us and it’s great quality to add to the squad with all these games coming up. He’s a winger who can use both feet and he’s also played in the number 10 role for Accrington. Jack is quick on his toes and he looks lively.
“He’s young, ambitious and he wants to earn a professional contract. He obviously wants to impress and show his parent club what he can do. He’s got a lot to play for.
“He’s got something to prove so he’ll be hungry but he has to earn the right to get his shirt here first. I think this move will benefit both clubs as well as the player.”
Meanwhile, Fildes is hoping to keep January player of the month Waqas Azam and former Wigan Athletic striker Nathan Ellington at the club amid interest from other parties.
Former Clarets defender Azam, who is expected to return from a groin injury at the weekend, has committed his short-term future to the club, agreeing to stay until the end of the season, though Fildes is hoping to extend that.
And the club are also in talks with Ellington, who has been training with the Blues at their base at Accrington and Rossendale College.
“Waqas is staying with us,” said Fildes. “He’s definitely staying until the end of the season but there have been clubs sniffing around. There is interest from the outside.
“We’re in talks with him at the minute because he’s a big part of my plans here.
“If he gets the opportunity to play higher then fair play to him. At the minutes he just wants to get his head down and keep doing well.”
Fildes added: “We’ve had a chat with Nathan and he’s keen to get back involved with football.
“He was going to watch the game against AFC Darwen last week, before it was postponed, to watch the lads and see the standard of football. We’re awaiting a decision from him.”