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Yorwerth: 'Harry Kewell has given me confidence and belief'

Sammy Brough catches up with the Reds defender ahead of our final home game

24 April 2018

Josh, the campaign is drawing to a close so what are your thoughts on the season?

At the start of the year we were second favourites to go down so I feel on a whole our season has been very good. I think we can take a lot of positives and see how far we have come since the start of the season. I’ve said before that in this league everyone can beat everyone, but the biggest difference between winning a title, or achieving promotion, is consistency. We had a run of 10 or so games where we won the majority and we needed one of those earlier in the season to be in with a chance. 

There has been a new manager to work with this season, how has that been for the squad?

Everyone has their own ideas, their own style and their own philosophy when they come into a club as a manager. We’ve all bought into what the manager wants and how he wants us to play. I feel like we’re all on the same page now, whereas at the start of the season it was a learning process for us all to get onboard with the style. I feel that we’ve gelled as a squad now and going forward it can only be positive.

Do you think Harry Kewell has got the best out of you as a player?

Definitely, I’ve enjoyed working with him. I feel like he’s given me an opportunity to play the way I want to play, to be able to pass the ball. He believed in me and it’s given me a lot of confidence going into next season. I also think I’m about 20% fitter now than I was at the start of the season.

The manager says you’re an aggressive player and that he likes that about you. Have you had to adapt to the physicality of League Two football?

I’ve always been aggressive in anything I do sport-related. It wasn’t until I was about 15 that I stopped playing rugby so I think I’ve always had that aggression within me. I’ve been a bit hot-headed in the past but I think I’m learning and gaining experience with every game I play. I’m able to channel that aggression now and use it in the right way.

You’ve been nominated for Player of the Season, it must feel nice to be recognised as one of the standout players this year?

It’s always nice to be nominated and recognised but I tend to not get too distracted by them kind of things. I want to try and keep my head down for the next two games of the season and play well and hopefully that sees us finish on a high.

It would be good to win the last two wouldn’t it?

Of course. We believe that we can beat anyone in this league, so we’ll working as hard as possible in these last two weeks to get two positive results and then try to win the Sussex Senior Cup as well. We know that’s an important competition for the fans and it would be nice to play at the Amex.

 

 


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