Find out more about summer signing Taylor Allen

Matt Edwards
Saturday 15 June 2019

Manager Mark Cooper believes that Forest Green Rovers is the perfect breeding ground for young talent as he continues to bolster his squad for next season.

In the last year, FGR have signed eight players under the age of 23, teenage forward Taylor Allen from Nuneaton Borough the latest of the young recruits.

As a result, FGR named the youngest starting XI in League Two over the course of last season at an average age of 25.1.

Cooper has shown that those players are given a chance at The New Lawn, with the likes of Nathan McGinley Farrend Rawson, both still under 23, racking up almost 100 appearances between them last term.

Cooper says that can be a big pull for attracting players to The New Lawn and giving them the edge when it comes to dealing in the transfer window with clubs all vying it out for a small pool of players.

“I think we attract younger players because it gives them a platform where they can play and then move on to bigger and better things,” he said.

“As long as we get remunerated and have success along the way we’re not bothered. Then you can get to a level where you can keep your better players.

“There’s plenty of players out there and we’re looking at a different pool from a lot of other clubs in terms of a technical aspect.

“The more players you can move onto a higher level, the more attractive Forest Green becomes as a club.

“We have that reputation with agents wanting to bring their players here and that will continue.”