Date:Thursday February 1 2007
Young Wednesday defender Mark Beevers got the thumbs up from boss Brian Laws after the 17-year-old made his full debut for the club in Tuesday night's 2-1 defeat at Southampton.
Beevers, who came up through the youth ranks at S6, was given his first full senior appearance for the club after injuries to Graham Coughlan and Richard Wood left Brian Laws short at the back following the sale of Madjid Bougherra to Charlton last week.
And Laws revealed his pride of seeing the youngster make his first start for the club after being tipped for big things by him and former Wednesday boss Paul Sturrock - who hailed him as 'the next England captain'.
He told the Sheffield Star: 'His mum and dad must be proud; I'm proud of him as well. He was a 17-year-old playing in a key position against two quality strikers, Kenwyne Jones and Grzegorz Rasiak, who would give the most experienced player a tough game; I thought he was absolutely outstanding.
'Yes, he made one or two errors getting caught on the wrong side, but what a prospect he could be. He's shattered; a lot of that is down to nervous energy, and he was sprinting all over the place; he was getting cramp.'
And he felt the defender slotted perfectly in to place in the Owls back four, insisting that any scouts looking at £10m-rated Gareth Bale in the Saints line-up may also have been impressed with the Owls own 17-year-old star.
He continued: 'He wasn't fazed by it all; that's why I put him in. A lot of players would have got the run-around. He held firm. I thought he was top drawer. He's one who could have a bright future.
'There were two 17-year-olds out there. One is supposedly going for £10m. But a few scouts will have raised their eyebrows at the 17-year-old that we had playing. He is a credit to his family and the club. The players gave him a round of applause at the end. He is the one shining light to come out of the game.'
The Owls gaffer will be waiting on the fitness of Graham Coughlan and Richard Wood for the visit of high-flyers Preston NE at the weekend - but it seems he will have little doubt in using Beevers again if needs be.
Date:Thursday February 1 2007
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