Another loan spell could help Pierce Bird’s development, says Notts County boss Kevin Nolan


Notts County boss Kevin Nolan praised young defender Pierce Bird and says he will only get better after hinting he could be set for another loan spell to help aid his development.

Bird produced an excellent display in the Checkatrade Trophy defeat to Lincoln on Tuesday night as he made his debut alongside Haydn Hollis.

Although Bird scored an own goal on the night, it couldn’t tarnish what was a fine display from the centre-back who was a summer signing from non-league Dunkirk.

Nolan is now set to make a decision as to whether to send the defender out on loan to gain more experience as Notts look to take his development to another level.

Notts County’s Pierce Bird heads into his own goal to make it 1-1

He has already spent time out on loan at Evo-Stik side Leek Town this season and boss Nolan says that if he does go out on loan, he will spend much of his time training at Notts.

“I thought he did really well,” he said.

“He was with three lads who have had a lot of experience, he won a lot of headers and did everything right.

“He made the right decisions more often than not and looked a composed figure at the back.

“I was delighted with him, but we have to get him fitter and used to this tempo and playing at this tempo for a long time.

“He’s a young boy who has stepped up, but he should be delighted and his family should be so proud of him.

“He has proven how much he has come on in leaps and bounds in just the few months he has been here.

Notts County’s Dan Jones has a word with Pierce Bird (left) after he headed into his own goal to make it 1-1

“It’s the next step for him now and we have to make sure we keep working hard. He has to learn the game and make sure he stays around us if he does go out on loan.

“He did the basics wonderfully well.”

After scoring an unfortunate goal, Bird’s confidence never took a battering as a result and made numerous key interceptions in the Group G clash at Sincil Bank.

He showed a maturity way beyond his years and Nolan said it personified his character.

“That’s why we like Pierce,” said Nolan.

Notts County manager Kevin Nolan

“He is a great lad and an honest lad. We know there is no way he would have wanted to score that own goal but it happens.

“And the thing is after that, he didn’t let it get to him.

“He’s had that first taste of first-team experience and we want to bring him on further.

“We look forward to working with him and I can tell you that there is a lot more to come from him.”



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