Duncan Watmore

Watmore settling in

by Kate Smith

Stockdale impressed by winger’s early progress.

Under-21 prospect Duncan Watmore’s smooth start to life on Wearside hasn’t come as a surprise to professional development coach Robbie Stockdale.

Stockdale was one of a number of club figures to watch the winger at Altrincham last season prior to the player’s summer move to Wearside.

Watmore scored 14 goals for the Conference North outfit side last year and has impressed during the early stages of the under-21s’ season.

“He’s settled in really well,” Stockdale said. “I was one of those who watched Duncan at Altrincham and you could see there was something there.

“Since Duncan’s come in he’s been really willing to learn and has integrated with the lads very well. We’ve been pleased with him.

“There’s aspects of his game he needs to improve, but we knew that and at the same time we don’t want to lose his attributes by over coaching him.

“Duncan’s an old-fashioned kind of player in that he will get the ball and run 50 yards with it, and we don’t want to take that away from him by any means.

“There’s little things we can improve and hopefully make him an even better player.”