Taking the step up from junior football to senior football certainly isn’t easy, but the young squad at Northern League Division Two side Easington Colliery have adapted well to the men’s game.

With an average squad age of just 23, many of the players at Easington Colliery are only in their first or second season of Northern League football, and more than half the squad is younger than 24.

Young players have come in from the local junior sides as well as college football, and they’re now together with a few more experienced players playing in the Northern League.

Nineteen-year-old Liam Adamson, in only his second full season in the Northern League, netted 22 goals for the Colliers in the 2018-2019 season.

Joint manager Craig Hughes said: “Last season was the first full season that a lot of them have had in the Northern League. It was a big learning curve for them.

“They’ve done fairly well. We’ve had one or two who have moved on and we’ve had a couple of new lads who have come in from the colleges and they’ve settled in really well.

“People are going to be looking at them. They’re a good set of lads, a good group of players and they’ve got big futures in the Northern League and hopefully beyond.”

The majority of the squad is staying together for the 2019-2020 season, and it could be an interesting year at the Welfare Park.