Trotter the latest kid on the block

LIAM Trotter became the Blues' latest dynamic kid to make his first-team debut and is keen to make sure he sees even more action next season.Trotter replaced Ian Westlake after 81 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at Plymouth, taking to 19 the amount of league debuts manager Joe Royle has handed out this year.

By Derek Davis

LIAM Trotter became the Blues' latest dynamic kid to make his first-team debut and is keen to make sure he sees even more action next season.

Trotter replaced Ian Westlake after 81 minutes in the 2-1 defeat at Plymouth, taking to 19 the amount of league debuts manager Joe Royle has handed out this year.

The Ipswich-born midfielder, who is tall, athletic with a good pass and plenty of energy, is also the sixth member of the FA Youth Cup-winning squad to step up into the first team.


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Trotter said: “I really enjoyed it. I was not sure I would play and, with the way the game was going, I was not sure I would get on.

“I only got 10 minutes but it was a good taste and now I want more.”

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It has been quite a journey for Trotter, who was actually released by the Academy a few years ago.

He made his way to Bury St Edmunds' School of Excellence where he excelled.

Staff there called the Blues and suggested they take another look at Trotter and the midfielder seized his chance.

The 17-year-old, who went to Northgate High School in Ipswich, played a key role in the young Blues winning the FA Youth Cup last season and looked set to force his way into the first team along with Owen Garvan, Danny Haynes and Shane Supple.

He went on the pre-season tour to Hungary, along with Chris Casement and Garvan, but, while they made debuts as 17-year-olds, along with Billy Clarke, Trotter had to bide his time.

He said: “I have had to be patient. I was not sure when my chance would come but it has and it was worth it. Hopefully, I can push on from this and be even more involved next season.”

James Krause also enjoyed the experience of being in the first-team squad but will have to wait to make his debut.

He recently signed a two-year contract and the central defender is tipped to be involved more next season.

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