He may only be 18-years old but Oldham Athletic’s manager is already tipping defender Tom Hamer for the top of the game after he made his first team debut at the weekend.
Hamer came off the subs bench during the 0-0 draw away at Oxford United after defender Kean Bryan was forced off with a suspected pulled hamstring which is likely to keep him out for the rest of the season.
However, the teenager didn’t display any of the nerves he later confessed to as he produced a composed display alongside George Edmundson at the heart of Latics’ defence, however speaking after the game at the Kassam Stadium, Richie Wellens declared Hamer could be destined for the top.
“He has every attribute, maybe not at centre back maybe at right back, physical, can run. I’m going to play a lot of development games next year and Tom is going to be a big part of that.”
The 18-year old might not be destined for a position in defence though for the games in the development league next season.
Wellens continued: “I’m going to play him at the centre of midfield just to improve his feet, to improve his awareness, for me long term he has every chance of going to the top as a right back.”
Hamer could be set for an extended run in the Oldham Athletic first team with the club rather light when it comes to cover in the centre of defence with Anthony Gerrard and now Kean Bryan on the treatment table.
He’ll have to hit the ground running though as Latics face a tough seven game stretch to finish their season as they battle to avoid dropping into League Two.