AFC Telford United boss Gavin Cowan has been left impressed by the ruthless streak of new recruit Doug Tharme.

The 19-year-old centre-half – signed on loan from Wrexham until January – kicked off his Bucks spell in style on Saturday, scoring as they ended their pre-season schedule with a 2-2 draw at Concord Rangers.

And Cowan, a former defender, insists Tharme has not come in to merely make up the numbers – he is out to start every week in National League North.

“Make no mistake, he’s a lovely lad, but there’s a ruthless side to him – you need that as a defender to be successful,” said Cowan.

“He’s not just going to be happy to be here. He’s a very good professional, and he wants to be in the team, playing games.”

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