Forest Green striker Dan Martin joins Shortwood United on loan

Forest Green Academy striker Dan Martin has joined Shortwood on loan Picture: Bruce Fenn

Forest Green Academy striker Dan Martin has joined Shortwood on loan Picture: Bruce Fenn

First published in Sport Gazette Series: Photograph of the Author by , Sports editor

FOREST Green Academy starlet Dan Martin has joined Nailsworth neighbours Shortwood United on loan.

The teenage striker,17, signed non-contract forms with Ady Pennock's Skrill Premier side last month and has recently returned from a trial at Premiership side Swansea City.

Academy boss Scott Bartlett insists the move will benefit Forest Green and Shortwood.

H e said: " Dan has the chance to play in some games that really matter, in a tough league, for a team striving for the play- offs.

“Usually a young player goes on loans to help a struggling team, this is a great opportunity for him and a good chance for the gaffer (Ady Pennock) and Dave Kevan to see how he copes at that level.”

Stroud-based Martin is set to make his debut against league leaders Merthyr at home this evening (7.45pm).

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