Owls’ latest find is role model for other young players, says McAuley

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LIAM Palmer is a role model for Sheffield Wednesday’s young players, says academy manager Sean McAuley.

The 19-year-old midfield player is being praised for his professional outloook as well as his ability.

He is the latest to emerge from the club’s youth system - with long-established first-teamers Mark Beevers and Tommy Spurr among the other examples.

“Liam has had his opportunity and taken it,” says McAuley.

“He was very good even when he was younger, but the big thing is that he’s very level-headed.

“We’ve seen him develop through the club ranks and the apprenticeship system, and now he’s demonstrated qualities that have been on public show. We’re really pleased for him.”

Palmer, from Worksop, was praised by manager Gary Megson after his appearance against Premier League outfit Birmingham in the FA Cup and his full League debut at Bournemouth, for his talent and desire.

McAuley added: “We know he’s still a young player, and young players can have a dip, but I’m sure that the experience of the manager and the staff will get the best out of him.

“The academy can take him to a certain level; the next stage is the one that’s taken him into the first team; the staff’s experience will be brilliant for Liam’s development.”

Palmer has had a sound general upbringing in the academy: “We don’t just work on the football side of things; it’s a holistic programme that tries to develop you for what you have to meet in football,” said McAuley.

“The next stage was to see if Liam could go on and handle himself on the big stage.

“I don’t think he’s the type of character to get carried away, and I wouldn’t want anybody else to get carried away.

“We have seen young players in the past who rise to the sudden fame but then can’t handle it, and before you know it, you’ve lost them.

“It’s still very early in Liam’s development, but he’s stepped up and we’re really pleased.

“We’ll be able to use him as a role model for the other youngsters who are coming through. He’s a perfect example of what a rounded professional should look like.”

Palmer stayed off at half time of last Saturday’s match at Carlisle because of illness but is back in contention for Saturday’s home game against Plymouth.

Pilgrims midfielder Chris Clark is banned for three games after being sent off during a 2-1 home win against Colchester last Saturday.

n Former Wednesday and Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has resigned as manager of League One Swindon.

Wilson led the Wiltshire side to the play-off final last season - but a run of three points from the last 33 has left Swindon in the relegation zone this time around.

Wilson admitted results in 2011 had “just not been good enough”.