Tivvy receiving Howe enquiries
TIVERTON Town are having to fend off enquiries from a number of clubs for prized youngster Owen Howe, assistant manager Hedley Steele has revealed.
The teenage striker has struck four league goals this season to put him level with Joe Bushin at the top of Tivvy's scoring charts.
Howe also scored prolifically for the Tiverton reserves last season, and Steele conceded that his impressive form this term has earned envious glances from a number of clubs, with Plymouth Argyle understood to be interested.
"We get lots of enquiries about Owen Howe," said Steele.
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"We are working with Owen Howe and giving him what we believe to be the best advice we can give, but it is him who is the master of his own destiny.
"We continue to have interest in him from a number of clubs."
Howe notched his first senior league goal in Tiverton's second match of the season away to Paulton Rovers.
The striker added to his tally with a double in the 3-2 victory away to Bishops Cleeve, before notching another in the 2-0 win over Yate Town at Ladysmead.
And although the youngster has not hit the back of the net in a month, Steele insists he is delighted with the progress he continues to make.
"Owen Howe is developing at a pace that needs to be carefully managed and controlled and also at the pace he wants to develop at," said Steele.
"He continues to work hard and all he wants to do at the moment is to win a regular place in our team.
"He is a real no-frills kind of lad and has been a breath of fresh air since he arrived in the first-team setup."
Steele – who took charge of the Yellows for their 3-0 defeat away to Weymouth on Saturday in the FA Trophy – was also quick to praise the Tiverton Town youth set-up for Howe's development.
Alongside brother Jesse, Owen featured prominently as the reserves won promotion from Devon & Exeter League Division Two last season.
And Steele hopes the in-demand striker is not the last promising youngster to come through the club's ranks.
"The guys in the youth set-up have worked with Owen Howe for many years and it is a great credit to them that he has made the step up and made the impact that he has made – it makes it all worthwhile," he said.
"They deserve great credit for the work they have put in with him and can take great pride in it.
"But it is Owen Howe who deserves the most credit. The way he conducts himself is very impressive. He just wants to get his head down and work hard and is anxious to just play football.
"I know the club are working hard with other youngsters at the club who they are hoping will make the same step up."