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MANAGER: We're seeing a lot more

Paul Simpson on midfielder Jayden Harris

21 July 2023

Midfielder Jayden Harris got his first full 90 minutes of pre-season against Livingston on Tuesday, and he put another all-action display at the heart of the midfield.

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MANAGER: We'll be stepping it up

21 July 2023

The 23-year-old joined the Blues on a three-year deal last August, with manager Paul Simpson describing him as a project and someone he really wanted to work with at that time.

“It’s a different sort of challenge for somebody like Jayden because he’s all about athleticism and he constantly wants to drive forward, but sometimes when you’re tired you have to adjust your game a little bit," the gaffer told us after the midweek friendly.

“We’ve spoken to him about not making all of those forward runs, maybe on occasions play with a bit of discipline and sit in to provide a bit of shape and cover. He did it well in this game.”

“We’re certainly seeing better from him,” the gaffer told us. “We’re seeing a lot more.

"He still has areas he needs to improve on but all through pre-season I’ve been saying that we need a big athletic midfielder, and we’ve maybe got one right under our noses.

“That’s why I want to stay with him. I want to stick by him and see where we can go with him. He is a project, he’s a young player who has all of the technical ability.

“He’s got a little bit of a nasty edge in him and he can run and work hard. He’s got it all, we’ve just got to try and mould it into a player who can affect games on a consistent basis.”

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