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Yeovil Town played a key role in development of Manchester United youngster and future Wales star Tom Lawrence

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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Manchester United youngster Tom Lawrence’s development has been helped out by Yeovil Town, according to a key member of the Wales coaching staff ahead of his expected international call-up.

The former Glovers’ loanee this week made his Premier League debut for the current champions against Hull City and is now on the brink of joining his country’s senior squad ahead of a friendly against Holland.

Having impressed in League One with Carlisle United at the start of the season, Yeovil manager Gary Johnson handed Lawrence a Championship chance from the turn of the year.

Nineteen appearances and two goals later, the 20-year-old was starting at Old Trafford against Hull City, lasting 70 minutes before being replaced by interim boss Ryan Giggs.

Lawrence earned Under-21 international recognition while at Huish Park and is now likely to be included in Wales’ 40-man training squad to face the Dutch on June 4.

Coach Osian Roberts said: “We’ve been well aware of his progress and his development for several years and that’s why he is being named in the pool for the Holland camp.

“It was great to see him make his debut at Manchester United. He’s had to go out on loan to get the experience and while he’s done that he’s done well. But it’s great to see players like Tom who we have identified coming through getting a chance with Manchester United and that augurs well for the future.”

Lawrence is likely to be in action in a Wales shirt before the senior squad is reduced ahead of the Holland clash.

The Welsh Under-21 side take on England in a European Under-21 Championship qualifying match at Swansea City’s Liberty Stadium on May 19 – the return fixture to Lawrence’s debut at Pride Park, Derby, earlier this year.

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