DORCHESTER Town Under-18s boss Craig Robinson believes the future looks “very bright” for the Magpies with a number of young stars progressing on the club’s pathway.

Robinson feels up to six of his county cup-winning squad could be ready to train or even play more regularly with Dorchester Under-23s next season.

Speaking to Echosport, Robinson spoke of the need to keep as many of his promising players together as possible.

He said: “Sam Morgan we lose to the 23s, he’s already been training and we’re hoping he’ll play more regularly with them. He’s had pitch time with them already.

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“We’ve got others that have already trained with the 23s, Sam Gadsby, Josef Hodder and there are other prospects – Frankie Hodge is definitely a contender.

“For me, I’m always going to promote more in terms of numbers.

One of the things we need to do is introduce them to the training.

“I’m not going to say they’ll play but in terms of training and physicality, speed of game.

“As footballers, they’ll all play the game in the fashion that the club wants them to. It’s not hoof and chase, it’s play through the phases and so forth.

“All of them have the ability to step up, so we can introduce five or six of them to the training, we can then have Sam Morgan getting pitch time alongside Connor Callow and Brinley Doyle, who can still play under-18 football next year.

“It’s looking very bright. We’ll be looking to secure players for next year. I’m hoping we won’t lose too many, if any, and then we’ll start building again.

“There are at least five or six of them that can be entertained for training with the 23s and Brian (Churchill, under-23 boss) knows those names.”

Meanwhile, Gadsby won the Ellis Cup for player of the season, Freddie Nicholson won the Gavan Cup for management’s player of the season and Ethan Robinson won supporters’ player of the season.