Hugh Alban-Jones, Peterborough UnitedDalton Harris
I’m Hugh Alban-Jones and I’m a 17 year old centre midfielder in the 2nd year of my scholarship and I’ll be introducing myself and discussing some early season themes and hopefully give you a good insight into what life is like as a professional footballer for Peterborough United.
I’m originally from Cambridge and was scouted at 13 years old playing for a local team, ever since I’ve been at Peterborough United and I love it! Since the age of 13 I’ve been trying to refine my position as a deep-lying midfielder, similar to Pirlo, and Toni Kroos, in keeping the ball and being the engine of the team when in possession.
In terms of this season, I’ve got to say I’m happy with my start so far, I feel like I’ve put in some good performances for the Youth Team and have really enjoyed playing at the base of the diamond formation we’ve been playing. However, throughout the season we’ve had to change formation occasionally in which case I’ve played in the 2 in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
This week we’ve worked on being clinical in the final third, both in passing and in finishing. It’s great because although I’m a deep-lying midfielder, I still enjoy getting forward and player strikers and teammates in on goal, so it’s important I’m able to develop that side of my game in training more.
As it’s my final year, I’ve got a couple of goals that I’ve set myself to try and push for that professional contract; Play for the first team and captain the U21’s as I feel that achieving these 2 goals would give me a great chance of being recognised for my talent and earn myself a professional contract. Further to that, my coach wants me to become a ball playing midfielder and get on the ball to control the game as much as possible.
My first team buddy is Carl Forrester, who is really useful and we get on well because he gives me a lot of advice on how to deal with different situations and areas to help me improve on my game. Similar to the rest of the lads, I have an individual weight programme that I have to do at least 3 times a week to develop my power and physical dominance.
It’s still early doors this season, but I think that Carl Forrester is a player to watch for the first team and I’m not just saying that because he’s my first team buddy!! For the Youth Team Lewis Freestone has impressed me so far, so hopefully he can have a great season.
Just to finish off I wanted to comment on the transfer window;
- Best buy; Eric Bailly, Man United and John Stones, Man City.
- Worst buy; Sissoko, Tottenham Hostpur and Jedinar, Aston Villa
- Most likely to be a flop; Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur
I hope you’ve learnt a bit about me and you understand a bit more about being a professional footballer, I’ll keep you updated with my progress throughout the season! You can also check out my interviews here