Interview Jake Evans

JAKE EVANS

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Personal Details

Club:
Cardiff city FC
(L) Hemel Hempstead town FC
Full Name:
Jacob Finlay Evans
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
08-04-1998
Place of birth:
Swindon
Position:
Midfielder (CM)
Shirt number:
8

Career

2016-2017
Swindon Town FC
2017 (on loan)
Waterford FC
2017-2018
FC Farnborough
2018-
Cardiff City FC
2020- (on loan)
Hemel Hempstead Town FC

Interview

Introduce yourself…

Hi, I’m Jacob Finlay Evans and I play for Cardiff City FC and now on loan to Hemel Hempstead Town FC.

How important is football for you?

Football is a massive part of my life. From as young as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed playing football and wanted to succeed as much as possible. It’s become my life and I thoroughly enjoy every part. The games, training and the social side of it too. Through football I’ve made so many friends that I wouldn’t have done otherwise.

Why did you start playing football? And were you immediately a midfielder?

I started playing football because I just loved having a ball at my feet. Once I began seeing players on the TV I wanted to be them and that inspired me to play football even more. My parents also had a big part to play in this too, they were able to allow me to enjoy my passion and get me the odd favourite footballs  and football kits which really fuelled the fire to play football more and more.

I started playing football because I just loved having a ball at my feet. Once I began seeing players on the TV I wanted to be them and that inspired me to play football even more. My parents also had a big part to play in this too, they were able to allow me to enjoy my passion and get me the odd favourite footballs  and football kits which really fuelled the fire to play football more and more.

Jake, You spent 10 years in the Swindon Town FC youth. How did you experienced the youth competitions?

I really enjoyed academy football and although we were never in any league set up, I was always really competitive and desperate to win. As I got older, I began to play with the age group above my own to challenge myself further and that then became more competitive because physically and technically I was playing against better players. I think this really helped me progress further and continue to get better.

In April 2016, you signed your first professional contract by Swindon Town FC. How important was that moment for you ?

Signing my first professional contract was an amazing feeling. I had worked my whole life really to achieve that goal and become a professional footballer. As soon as I’d signed my contract though my mindset was changed to want to get better again and look forward to getting into the first team and achieving new goals. I think it’s very important to always be striving for something and not to rest on your own laurels.

Jake, on 8 may 2016, you made your professional debut for the Wiltshire side, coming on as a second-half substitute, in the 3–0 win against Shrewsbury Town FC. How did you experienced this day ? 

Making my professional debut was a dream come true. Working all my life dreaming of coming on in front of thousands of people was amazing, especially to do it at my home town club. At the time of course it was quite daunting but once I went on my nerves went away and I was just focused on playing football and enjoying the moment.

By Swindon Town FC, you was loaned out to Waterford FC, from Ireland and the English Farnborough FC. How did you experience these periods?

Going on those loans were both fantastic for my character building because I was thrown in at the deep end with a group of players I’d never met before and expected to perform. Waterford was a tough experience because I was in a different country on my own and along with getting injured for the majority of the loan I really struggled to settle there and enjoy my football. Still it was a great club and very passionate fans! Farnborough was a good experience also. I was able play week in week out and really impress the people there. I was lucky enough that from that loan Cardiff city showed an interest in me and eventually signed me.

In 2018, you signed for Cardiff City FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between the clubs? Explain your answer.

After a short trial period I signed for Cardiff. It was the biggest club I’d ever been at and I was really impressed at the facilities and the size of the club. Suddenly I went from playing non-league to being at a top championship club who would end up getting promoted to the premier league that season. It was a crazy time in my career but I was delighted to impress enough to sign for Cardiff city and I felt I deserved the opportunity they granted me with.

On this moment your at loaned out to Hemel Hempstead Town FC. Why did you choose for Hemel ?

In January 2020 I was very keen on getting a loan to gain valuable experience and games in competitive league football to challenge myself and improve as a player. Hemel Hempstead were always very keen to sign me and through my agent it seemed a good fit to progress my career. They wanted to be involved in the play offs. That was something I wanted to be involved with too and I have to say I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every moment of playing for Hemel Hempstead.

If the football still starts this season. What are your personal goals for the rest of this season?

My personal goals would be to try and help Hemel Hempstead to achieve the Conference South play offs and try and gain promotion. I would also like to add more goals to my game and contribute to get more assists for the team.


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