Motherwell youth development head Gordon Young paid tribute to Mark Reynolds this week as the defender finalised his move to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday - and his replacement could come from the world’s most glamorous club.
Young coached Reynolds (23) at every level after he arrived at the club as a 12-year-old and made his way through the ranks, playing more than 200 first team games for the Steelmen.
‘Well turned down a bid of £100,000 from the League One side but accepted an undisclosed offer, thought to be around £150,000, from Alan Irvine, who had first been linked with Reynolds during his time as Preston boss.
Young, in charge of the first team squad before the arrival of new manager Stuart McCall, said: “Mark epitomised youth development at Motherwell and the transfer fee merely reflects the time left on his contract and his wages.
“I was his first coach and last coach, and there is no doubt in my mind he is worth £1 million and will go on to be capped by Scotland.”
Reynolds made his debut against Livingston in May 2006 and Young recalled: “It is remarkable that he played over 200 games in a such a short time and he picked up only eight yellow cards and one red. That is a testament to his reading of the game and his pace which was his main asset.”
Young is confident Reynolds will have thought carefully and made the right move for himself.
He said: “Mark has full confidence in his own ability, but I think he wanted to make sure he was playing regularly. Other young Scots have gone to down south only to find themselves unable to break into the first team, but I think Mark will be playing in the Premier League one day.”
’Well were without Reynolds for the visit of Inverness on Saturday and, after handing Shaun Hutchinson the position, McCall must decide on Reynolds’s long-term successor.
This week has seen the arrival of Real Madrid central defnder Jaime Navarro on trial. He joined former Falkirk striker Pedro Moutinho and Standard Liege winger Cedric Collet for a bounce game on Tuesday.
’Well’s goalless draw with Inverness was their eighth SPL game without a win. They welcome Hibernian - without a win in seven - to Fir Park this Saturday.
Full story in January 20 edition of Times & Speaker