Watkins Looking To Impress
18 year old Ollie Watkins wants to mark his first professional season by making a good impact at the club having been given a chance by manager Paul Tisdale.
The youngster has recently signed his first professional deal and he's hoping that in 2014-15 he can contribute to the first team and really show fans what he's capable of.
Having been impressive last season in our U18 team, scoring 30 goals throughout the campaign, including a hattrick in the title winning game against Newport County, the player would obviously like to have the same impact as midfielder Matt Grimes who stepped up 37 times for us in his first season last year, coming away with the Player of the Year vote.
Speaking to the Official Site he explained.
'I've got to work hard, I've got to try to prove myself to the manager and try to get a spot for the season. It's good to know that Tis believes in us and is giving us a chance. When Matt Jay made his debut earlier on in the season I was really happy for him, and I want to prove what I can do.'
Watkins goes on to say that his ultimate aim is to at least give Tisdale a question each and every week on whether or not he should start or be on the bench, and he knows the only way he can do that is by working hard and impressing in training, and then when chances do come his way - whether from the first whistle or off the bench - that he takes them with both hands.
'I want to be on the manager's mind every week about starting and making the bench, and to prove to him that even if I'm not starting that I can make an impact if I come on. I'll get at players and hopefully on a good day I'll create a lot of chances and maybe score some goals.'
Watkins has made his debut for the club, and that came on the final day last season away to Hartlepool as a substitute and he could well have made his bow earlier because he was in the squad to face Morecambe back in January before the weather brought an end to the game before it had even began.
With financial issues, transfer embargoes and what looks like being a smaller squad this term, if Watkins can take his chances he's certainly likely to get them, and whilst that does bouy him he knows he can't rely on that because if the chances come his way and he doesn't perform, then he knows the gaffer will look to replace him as an option with somebody else.