Interview Joshua Askew

JOSHUA ASKEW

Personal Details

Club:
Boston United FC
Full Name:
Joshua Askew
Nationality:
English
Date of Birth:
20-02-1998
Place of birth:
Manchester
Position:
LWB, Defender
Shirt number:
16

Career

Youth – 2017
Blackburn Rovers FC
2016 (on loan)
Ramsbottom United AFC
2017-2020
Salford City FC
2019-2020 (on loan)
Curzon Ashton FC
2020-
Boston United FC

Interview

Hello Joshua, tell us a bit about yourself!

I’m a football obsessed 22 year old, players I’ve played with or managers would say I’m the oldest acting 22 year old going. 🤣

What are your specific qualities as a football player?

Specific qualities would be being athletic/quick/strong/powerful/stamina but I’d say as the biggest quality is a footballing brain – reading the game and understanding the game.

Who was the player, or players, you looked up to most growing up, and why?

Growing up I looked up at Trevor Sinclair, Darius Vassell, Shaun Wright Phillips they were City’s best players at the time I was a big city fan growing up and still am now.

Joshua, you started your football career by Blackburn Rovers FC. How did you experienced the youth competitions?

I loved my time at the youth team in Blackburn Rovers, played against some great players – the likes of Marcus Rashford, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Jason Sancho – it was a great test growing up and loved my time there. Lived there for 2 years during my scholarship which I earned my first professional contract off the back of it.

By Blackburn Rovers FC, you was loaned out to Ramsbottom United AFC. Would you say it is essential for youth players to go out and get proper men’s football experience?

Being loaned out at Rammy was the best experience I could had. I played against men week in week out and smashed it, but it was my way to prove that I can handle the man’s game and with that I fell in love with non-league and hated academy football with a passion especially u23s football. I’d recommend it to any youngster stuck in a team with no chance of first team football.

After your time by Blackburn Rovers FC, you moved to Salford City FC. How important was that moment for you ?

Salford was a great move for me – I had 3 good years there and enjoyed 2 promotions, 1 of which I played a big part in and made a name of myself from.

What can you remember about your first team debut with Salford City FC ?

My debut for Salford is a blur if I’m honest! I just know I worked hard to earn it and was under two very good managers of Bern and Jonno, they looked after me very well as a young lad in a promotion demanding side.

By Salford City FC you was loaned out to Curzon Ashton FC. How did you experience these period?

When I went to Curzon I struggled mentally for the first half of it, I’d been neglected at Salford and wasn’t allowed to leave my contract to push on. Was told a few lies which I believed and I lost my grandad a week before the season started so it was the best mix if I’m honest. They didn’t get the player they thought they was getting to begin with and I hold my hands up at that. But once I got help I smashed the second half of the season and really had a point to prove to a lot of people, which leads into why I am now at Boston United.

Since September 2020 you played for Boston United FC. Why did you chose for Boston ?

I chose Boston for numerous of reasons if I’m honest, they’ve always been a great club – a tough club to play against who played good football – down to the manager and his staff and I wanted to play for Craig Elliott since I met him and trained under him. He is superb with me as a man manager but also has high demands for training and performances in games which is exactly what I’m about. It was a perfect match for me and like I said earlier. I have a point to prove and an ambition to get back into the league.

Joshua, what are your personal goals for this season? And why ?

Personal goals for the season is to achieve promotion to the national league by any means necessary, I want to play as many games as I can and perform at my highest ability possible. I’ve come into this pre-season the fittest I’ve ever been since lockdown I worked hard to be right for my new club. The most important thing for me this season is to play with that smile on my face again which I had when I was at Salford in my first year.



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One comment

  1. Hi MTAG & Josh, Great read and insight into your career so far, I know you had a tough time regarding your Grandad, one of your biggest supporters. It’s great to see you now settled and ready to kick on. Josh is one of the most honest and approachable footballers out there, a role model for everyone alike, George, Alfie and I miss him down at Moor Lane, Salford but we know he deserves regular football. Good luck Josh ⚽🦁

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