Lockett had been tipped to make an effect on the first-workforce scene at Wanderers prior to possessing surgery to fix a cruciate ligament personal injury in the summer of 2021.
The functional attacker invested the most effective element of a year on the sidelines prior to his return in the Central League final season.
He has been consistently concerned for the next string this term and scored a superb strike in the 3-2 defeat versus Burnley Underneath-23s on Friday afternoon.
Lockett also had a financial loan stint at Atherton Colls earlier this season, and Craddock has been delighted with his enhancement.
“Finlay is a actually very good kid,” he instructed The Bolton News. “We despatched him on personal loan to Atherton at the get started of the calendar year to expertise men’s football due to the fact he experienced a very long time out with an damage previous season.
“He went out, did the bank loan and worked seriously difficult. He came back a experienced, younger expert and he has been really great.
“He will work really tough in the course of the week and he has real high quality. When he gets an prospect all-around the box, it is normally a shot on goal. (From Burnley) it was a superb strike so I was pleased for him.”
George Johnston, MJ Williams, George Johnston and Lloyd Isgrove all highlighted in opposition to Burnley, as perfectly as participant-coach Andrew Tutte.
Craddock says it is “a serious bonus” to have first-team gamers involved and hopes it will help the youngsters get greater at “solving problems” on the pitch.
He included: “You can have a prepare, but in video games they have to adjust since groups adapt and do unique things. They try out to make overloads in diverse spots and shift us all around.
“The first-group lads are genuinely superior at resolving individuals complications in the minute and then naturally supporting our players around them.
“Today, we experienced a formation but our shape transformed through the video game. That was led from inside of the recreation, which I was really pleased about.
“People like MJ and George Thomason having management and indicating, ‘this is what we want to appear like’. It can help the other players recognize and recognise times when they have to change their positions and their type of perform.
“Any time we have first-team gamers listed here, their frame of mind is outstanding and it is a genuine reward for us. It is a pleasure as a mentor and truly valuable for the gamers.”