Former Bolton, West Ham and Wigan keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is backing Loughborough Dynamo and the EVO-STIK League to be the springboard for his son William to follow in his footsteps.
The former Finnish international believes the 19-year-old is in the right place after seeing him make his Dynamo debut in Saturday’s 3-1 win over Stamford at the Nanpantan Sports Ground after arriving on loan from League Two Crewe Alexander.
The 42-year-old, who will be keeping tabs on his offspring’s progress this season from India where he is embarking on a coaching career alongside Teddy Sheringham’s Atletico de Kolkata in the Indian Super League, believes playing first team football in EVO-STIK League South is the next step for his son after playing for Bolton U23s last term.
The Trotters legend told the club’s official website: “This is a great opportunity for William to get some game time in senior football. Although he has played plenty of U23 games, he will learn a lot more at this level.
“Clubs now sign talented young goalkeepers to be third or fourth choice but as a goalkeeper the only way to develop is by playing regularly. I only came to England at 22, and started playing in the Premier League at 26, so at 19 William has plenty of time to develop.”
Jaaskelainen junior will gets his next chance to impress Dynamo manager Peter Ward with a tough test at second-place Cleethorpes Town on Wednesday night.