Danny JarvisDalton Harris
enter site It’s been a little while since my last blog, so I’ll bring you an update on the season and my progress. I’m almost 5 months into the second year of my scholarship and it’s absolutely flown by! Everyone said the scholarship goes quickly and that you need to impress every game, and it’s true. As second years we only have between 2-4 months left before we find out whether we’ve earnt ourselves a pro contract, but I love the pressure to perform and give it a good push.
Looking back on my first year, I realised that I adjusted to the physical demands of playing full-time relatively easily as I’ve always been a fit player. My first year was definitely hard work at times and because the second years tended to get more priority when it came to game time (as it’s their final year) I only really managed to hold down a position in the team on a regular basis in the second half of the season, once they’d been released/signed. The results weren’t great but as a team we were young and it was a learning process.
Last time I wrote a blog, I was injured having broken my wrist, however I’m back playing and feeling good and staying injury free! I’ve also started playing right back, where I think I’ve been doing well. My job at right back is to make sure that I’m solid in defence but I’m effective in possession, getting up and down the pitch to put crosses in the occasional shot off.
This week in training we been focusing on the back 4 and working on defending crosses. This helps me as a right back on how to read a players body shape and focus on my positioning when a cross is in the left back area. We’ve also defended against an overload so as a back 4, defending against an attacking 6. This is really tough and forces you to concentrate on your positioning, communication and staying compact as a defence whilst forcing the attackers wide of the goal.
Outside of training I enjoy chilling out and swimming or chill with some mates, training can be really tiring when we do a double session, especially because we maintain our standards and everything thing we do is with high intensity. I also sometimes reflect on my on my personal video analysis on things I did well and areas I need to improve on for the next game.
When I do reflect I it’s usually about the team’s performance and mine as an individual too. For example, one of the hardest team’s we played against were Southend where we lost 5-0. It was a tough game and individually we all made mistakes that we needed to learn from. To add to that, Jack Collison (JC) set us a target for the first part of the season and we’re not on track. We’ve been inconsistent at the start of the season, but now we’re finding some momentum with win’s in the league and FA Youth Cup.
Weird Habit; If I have a good game, I copy everything I did from that morning for the next game
What’s your opinion on Rooney; He’s a very good player, I think he should start but as a midfielder because his passing is top notch
1st Team Verdict this season; I think we’ve got good players and manager, we should do well and I think play offs are achievable, we just need to be more consistent