Boss Gavin Cowan is giving Zak Lilly another chance to prove himself at AFC Telford United after a difficult season for the teenager.

Former Thomas Telford pupil Lilly is back with the Bucks after not playing a game for the club last term.

The 19-year-old was sent out to Rushall Olympic but his loan was marred by injuries before his intended season-long stay was cut short, and was at Romulus in the second half of the campaign.

Being contracted for another year, Cowan insists winger Lilly will very much be involved during pre-season.

“Zak is still young and he’s a player with a lot of potential,” said the Bucks chief.

“I want him in and around the rest of the squad for pre-season, to be with us for training and matches.

“If he rips it up in pre-season, really does well, it’s a no-brainer – he’ll be involved with us from the start of the season. He hasn’t played a lot of football, though. He had a couple of injuries last year when he went out on loan.

“Maybe he’ll go back out on loan for a few months, get some minutes, and then be back with us around Christmas time. We’ll see.”

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