LUKE Haines’ application and attitude at Chippenham Town has been praised by Mark Collier, who can see the teenager making a mark in football should his development follow in the example of the last five months.

Few were taken by surprise when Highworth-based Haines linked up with the Bluebirds in July following his graduation from Swindon Town’s academy earlier in the summer.

Haines was a regular goalscorer for Swindon Town U18s last season, but he also patrolled midfield and defensive areas well as David Farrell’s XI narrowly missed out on winning the Merit League I title.

His versatility isn’t the only element of his game that has caught Collier’s eye, but also his confidence both on and off the field – something which the former Swindon Supermarine chief insists will stand him in good stead later on in his career.

Collier said: “Luke Haines is a real character, especially for a young lad – he reminded me of Scott Twine from the minute he joined the club.

“He joined in with everyone and talked to everyone. He’s not a quiet lad that is out on loan, he wants to make his way in the game.

“Luke’s attitude has been top drawer, he is physical and technically decent. People need to remember he is only a teenager.

“He’s a key player for us and has been a credit to himself and his family, who always come and watch him play.

“I’m pleased for him because he has made a difference, no doubt about it.”

Haines could be the latest youngster to have worked under Collier during the early parts of their professional career before going on to earn contracts at proven Football League clubs.

Earlier this year, Scott Twine penned a two-and-a-half year deal with Swindon manager Richie Wellens.

Other professionals include West Bromwich Albion ‘keeper Brad House and Chelsea’s Jared Thompson – who is understood to be close to signing a professional deal at a currently unknown club.

Collier added: “Opposition teams have huge size and presence, and Luke is well equipped to deal with that – that’s one of his strengths.

“Scott Twine wasn’t that way physically, but he dealt with things by using his cleverness.”