Scunthorpe United FC
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Scunthorpe United FC
Adam, introduce yourself…
I’m Adam, 21 year old goalkeeper for Scunthorpe United. Been playing football all of my life, my Grandad got me playing in goal in my back garden as soon as I could walk!
How important is football for you?
Football has been my life for as long as I can remember, everyday I’ve put football first to try and make myself the best I can possibly be. Football has given me so much in my life and I want that to continue at the best level possible for as long as possible.
Adam, why have you chosen to go goalkeeping?
I’ve always loved getting dirty and throwing myself around, so goalkeeping found me in a way. My Grandad always used to put me in goal and take shots at me, and then him and my Grandma got me my first football kit, a Hull City goalkeeper kit, for one of my birthdays when I was really young.
You started your football career by Hull City AFC. How did you experienced the youth competitions?
The competitions and youth set up at Hull was really good, especially when they moved in to category 2 status for my last year there. I still have friends at Hull who are now making it in to the first team so it makes me really pleased! I was lucky enough to travel to Ireland and Holland with Hull which were great experiences too.
After seven years playing for Hull City AFC, you moved to Scunthorpe United FC. Did you noticed a lot of difference between these clubs?
There was differences between the 2 clubs, but I think there would be with any club you go to. Scunthorpe probably don’t have the facilities that Hull do, but still have a really good set up! I’ll be forever in debt to Scunthorpe for giving me my chance to become a pro.
On January 2017, you signed your first professional contract with League One club Scunthorpe United FC. How important was that moment for you ?
That moment was huge for me, especially being so young when I signed. I’d only been an apprentice for 5 months when I got offered my contract, so it was a really proud moment for myself and my family. I’d worked every day for that moment, so it really was a dream come true.
In your first season as a professional, you was loaned out to Sheffield FC and Stocksbridge Park Steels. How did you experience these periods?
My loans were brilliant, especially my time at Sheffield FC. It was a real eye opener in to ‘mens’ football, to get battered and pushed around as a kit really toughened me up and got me ready for the demands of professional football. I’d recommend any young player to get out on loan if the opportunity arises, it helps so much!
Adam, what is the most important football lesson you have learned and who taught you that?
A former coach once told me to never give up on any shot, no matter whether I think I have a chance of saving it or not. I think it looks so silly when a goalkeeper doesn’t dive for a shot even when they know they don’t have much of a chance. You never know, you could pull a worldlier out of the top corner!
What are your personal goals this season?
My personal goals for the season are just to improve as much as I possibly can, get fitter, stronger and take more steps forward to becoming a first choice goalkeeper.
And Adam, what is your ultimate dream in your football career ?
My ultimate dream is to play week in, week out at the highest standard of football I possibly can. Any player wants to play games, that’s what we all want, so to become a #1 for any club is my main aim.