We first came across Junior at a Cadishead tournament we were playing in, the coach says he was approached at the time off Juniors mum about him coming to play for his team and he explained that due to numbers there was no room for him to join due to giving players equal game time. After the chat Iain says he remembers watching Junior as he captained his team to the semi-final with an outstanding contribution. Reflecting on not taking Junior, he was hoping it wasn’t a decision he would live to regret in the future as it was evident he was an excellent footballer.
The team progressed throughout the season at U9’s and with the majority of the team moving on to play for their respected academies at the start of U9’s the coach was recruiting for players to come into the squad, the first person without doubt on the list was Lucille (Juniors Mum) to see if he was still available.
Within a week of being asked, Junior joined the team. He was put straight into midfield where he hit the ground running playing in tournaments and Pre-Season friendlies like he had been part of the squad for a number of years.
The team played a full age group up in the U10’s top division holding there own against some very tough opposition with Junior playing left midfield with Alfie on the right they began to form an excellent partnership on the pitch.
During the season playing a year up it was evident that it was a matter of time before some of the players were being noticed by academies. It wasn’t long before Junior was picked up by Manchester City and then Bolton Wanderers.
Junior’s quality on the field is second to none, his energy and football brain help him cover every blade of grass with ease, his special awareness on the field makes junior look quicker than any opposition player in how he cuts angles to close down play.
Junior has a special ability even at such a young age to adapt to change during a game, his gritty determination quick feet can see him drop into a central defensive midfield role as game is being played but also his tricky skill set can see him switch an attacking role in the same game causing defenders to struggle with his ability to drive forward.
Juniors first full season with the squad was a successful one with him picking up Managers Player Of The Season which as a player is the highest accolade a player can have.
Juniors commitment to the team is amazing, he never misses a training session or a game. His attitude to both is that of a very mature player who is always switched on whether it is training or a game. He has been asked to change roles over the time with the squad and there isn’t a reply he just gets on with it and performs to a high level that never changes.
Junior has been a dream of player to coach, his attitude is one to admire from a player of his age. His level of constancy in training and games is always to a high standard and this will get him a long way.
Junior has now signed for Bolton Wanderers. They have gained a very intelligent footballer that will no doubt be a huge addition to their squad. Our club is very proud of him.
Good Luck Junior, you will be missed by everyone involved in the team and everyone at Parkwyddn JFC.
Iain Main (Team Coach)