Ipswich Town’s Jack Marriott can emulate ex-non-league stars playing in the Championship

Jack Marriott

Jack Marriott

Ipswich Town starlet Jack Marriott’s non-league loan stint can help him become a Championship success story, according to Woking manager Garry Hill.

The 19-year-old made and scored a goal and earned rave reviews after his debut performance for Hill’s Skrill Premier outfit in their 3-0 home win over Dartford on Tuesday night.

“Mick (McCarthy) has got a sensible, level-headed player in Jack,” added Hill, who was manager at Heybridge Swifts for more than six seasons.

“He is focused to do well and from my first meeting with him, it was clear to see he was ambitious.

“He has his feet on the ground though and this is his chance to get himself in the best possible condition to earn that opportunity to play for Ipswich’s first team.”

The youngster, who made his senior debut for Town at Burnley last May, has penned a one-month deal with the Cards and Hill believes the youngster can emulate players now plying their trade in England’s top two divisions.

“With the greatest respect, playing in the Under-21 Development League does not offer the same kind of experience as playing competitive football in non-league,” said Hill.

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“Non-league can help develop players.

“You only have to look at Jamie Vardy who was scoring a lot of goals (for FC Halifax and Fleetwood) who has pushed on to play in the Championship with Leicester City.

“Matt Green was doing the same for Mansfield last season and is in the Championship with Birmingham City now, while we had Billy Knott who had a successful loan spell at Woking last season and made his debut for Sunderland in May.

“It provides a great stepping-stone and grounding and gives players valuable experience and education on a week-to-week basis.

“There are a lot of good players at our (non-league) level, and we have 16 full-time clubs.

“You only have to look at the FA Cup runs the likes of Macclesfield (defeated Cardiff) and Luton (defeated Wolves and Norwich) had last season to see that.”

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