But boss Ronnie Moore gave the Advertiser his reason why the 21 year old isnt in his matchday squad as yet and said: "I would expect Stephen to be frustrated at not playing. There would be something wrong if he wasn't. We've a lot of left-sided players here and he has to prove he's better than Kevin Ellison and Gavin Gunning."
"Stephen is an attack-minded full-back but I'm not sure he can do the full-back job, getting up and down the park, like he did before. He's turning more into a left-winger. He's scoring for the reserves but he needs more confidence and games."
"Whether habit or not, Stephen still has a limp after the injury. Things are going on in the background to get him back to full fitness."