Gary Mills has no doubts that Joe Iaciofano has a “bright future in front of him” after the Northampton Town youngster played a starring role for Corby Town at the weekend.
The 18-year-old has been impressive since joining the Steelmen on a work experience deal from the Cobblers but he took it to the next level on Saturday.
Iaciofano scored two and created another in a man-of-the-match display as Corby hit five second-half goals to claim a crucial 5-1 victory over relegation rivals Sutton Coldfield Town.
The win moved the Steelmen back out of the relegation zone as they bid to avoid the drop from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division.
Mills was full of praise for youngster Iaciofano and also expressed his gratitude to Cobblers boss Justin Edinburgh for allowing him to join Corby and assist in their bid for the great escape.
“I thought he was outstanding,” the Steelmen boss said when asked about Iaciofano’s display.
“He’s everything that centre-halves at this level don’t want to play against. He is sharp, he’s got a great attitude, a great will to work and he listens,
“I am really grateful to Justin and Northampton for trusting us with him because they do speak very highly of him.
“For them to send him to this club is a huge compliment to us and I think he has a really bright future in front of him.”
Mills, meanwhile, insists that if Corby are to reach safety then it will be because of a “huge team effort”.
The Steelmen boss is keen to ensure his team stay focused on their own matches and believes the fact they endured a disappointing first half on Saturday could be a “blessing in disguise”.
Corby trailed 1-0 at the break before producing the stunning fightback and Mills said: “It’s was a good reminder in the first half, it may be a blessing in disguise to show the lads that we can’t play at 50 or 60 per cent.
“Hopefully that will put us in good stead ready for the games coming up.
“I’m not interested in what anyone else is doing. We are worried about what we do inhouse. We know there is a long way to go, a lot of points to play for.
“We are a totally different animal now and everyone is pulling in the same direction. If we are going to get out of it, it’s going to be a huge team effort.”