Midfielder Jack Egan spoke to us ahead of training on Tuesday morning to give us his thoughts on pre-season training and important match minutes.
“It’s been good to get some minutes under my belt in the first two games,” he admitted. “It’s good to be involved in the first team and it’s all about hopefully trying to get in the team for the first game of the season against Exeter.
“I was obviously pleased to get an assist on Saturday at Penrith. I’ve just been trying my best to take people on and show everyone what I’m good at. I’ll keep trying to get forward and see what happens.
“I’ve had a few chances to score now and it’s been a bit frustrating to not put them away. I think once I find my feet and put one of them in then they’ll just keep coming after that, so I can show the gaffer what I’m about."
“The new manager coming in hasn’t made me nervous, but it has given me confidence to go and show him what I can do," he explained. "I want to show him and the rest of the lads that I’m capable of doing it in the first team now. Hopefully I’ve been doing that.
“The lads have been great with all of us young players in training, and things like that. They really help you out and tell you what they expect from you. There's obviously more pressure in a first team environment, but the lads help you a lot more. The demands are higher but that helps you raise your own game, so it’s good for everyone.
“Everything you do at first team level has got to be quicker. You need to check your shoulder more and move the ball faster. It's all a much quicker process because you know you’re going to be under pressure quickly.
"Everything is harder, but you’ve jut got to switch on and be more aware of things. I think in each game, when you do something good, or bad, your confidence does go up and down.
"I think my confidence is growing at the moment and I hope I’m performing ok in the games, but I still want to keep improving."
“We obviously want to play as many games as we can during pre-season because it gives us an opportunity to show the gaffer what we’re about so it’s a shame the Kendal game has had to be cancelled," he concluded. "I think it will help a few lads with little niggles because the pitch at Penrith was really hard.
"I’m sure we’ll all be ready for Saturday now. It'll be a tough game at a nice lstadium, but it’s one we’re all looking forward to.”
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