Loach 'star-struck' by Martyn

Loach 'star-struck' by Martyn

Scott Loach, pictured, is delighted at being able to work alongside Nigel Martyn

Scott Loach, pictured, is delighted at being able to work alongside Nigel Martyn

Scott Loach, pictured, is delighted at being able to work alongside Nigel Martyn

Scott Loach, pictured, is delighted at being able to work alongside Nigel Martyn

First published in Sport Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford City Reporter

Scott Loach doesn't look the type of fella to be fazed by anything.

He may be only 19 but the goalkeeper has the air of a player who is comfortable in any situation.

The 1,200 City fans behind him on Saturday will vouch for his nerveless demeanour when Loach not only saved the Macclesfield penalty but also somehow kept out the follow-up piledriver from six yards out.

He has only got a handful of senior appearances behind him but this young lad seems pretty confident with anything thrown his way.

Yet Loach freely admits he was lost for words when he walked in to Valley Parade for the first time to meet his new team-mates.

It was not the shock of seeing the size of the stadium or the prospect of playing in front of the biggest crowds in League Two but the identity of the club's goalkeeping coach.

"I was a bit star-struck when I came in the changing rooms and saw Nigel Martyn," said Loach. "I didn't know about him being here and they'd kept that a surprise - I didn't know what to say.

"He is probably one of the best keepers in the country that never really got the chance to be the England number one regularly. So it's a privilege to train alongside him.

"Just working with Nige and his presence being there on the training ground makes you drive that little bit harder. You can't fail to learn in that situation."

Loach is no stranger to practising with quality goalkeepers since Watford splashed out a reputed £50,000 to snap him up from Lincoln's school of excellence. He was instantly taken under the wing of long-established Hornets stopper Alec Chamberlain as well as England prospect Ben Foster during his year-long loan stay from Manchester United.

Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd, like Sir Alex Ferguson with Foster, now wants the teenage prodigy to cut his first-team teeth further down the league ladder.

Loach started the season in the Blue Square Premier at Stafford, playing 11 games, before joining Morecambe as emergency cover last month.

He made three appearances for the Shrimps, including a penalty-saving wonder show at Macclesfield - and a first senior clean sheet against Bury, City's next opponents at the weekend.

The permanent arrival of Iraqi Shwan Jalal from Peterbor-ough cut short his stay in Lancashire but it also cleared the way for Stuart McCall to make a move on a player he had earmarked a couple of months before.

Loach has so far taken the move to City in his stride. Even the uncomfortable prospect of Donovan Ricketts breathing down his neck after his QPR switch broke down has not unsettled him.

"There's no rivalry between us," added Loach. "Obviously I'd love to play but it's the gaffer's decision and if he picks Donovan then I'll be behind him 100 per cent.

"Donovan would probably step into any other team in this league. With his experience of being an international as well, I'm getting a good vibe off him and Nigel.

"At 19 I can't ask for anything more than to be playing for a club like this. They are great fans, the ground is brilliant and it looks like the team are on the up.

"Obviously I'm here for myself to gain experience but anything I can do to help the team progress is a bonus."

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