Young full-back Will Tunnicliff believes he can challenge for a place in the Gloucester City squad for the 2017/18 season.
Tunnicliff, 17, made his debut for the Tigers in the 1-1 pre-season friendly draw against Evesham United, coming on as a second half substitute.
The left sided defender/winger has been with Gloucester City since Under 15 level, after spells with Cheltenham Town and Birmingham City academies.
Now, after making his debut last Saturday, Tunnicliff believes he can push on and develop further as a player under Tim Harris’ tutelage.
“I feel I have improved massively over the last season” he said. “With hard work again this season, I hope that I can improve myself as a better player and challenge for a position within the squad.
“There are lot of very good players in this squad and I know I’ve got to be at my best to show everyone I deserve to be mixing with them, but I believe in my ability.”
Tunnicliff was part of the Under 18s side that, under the management of Ken Blackburn and Neil Mustoe, has been so successful in recent years.
The Hartpury College student admitted that the step up was tricky but one that he has become accustomed to now.
“The step up from the youth team to the first team training was much more intense” said Tunnicliff. “I am finding myself working much harder to try and impress the high level of players that are in the team.
The main differences from the youth team to the first team is the intensity and quality of the players. When Tim invited me to training I was extremely excited and nervous as I knew this was a big step up.”
Tunnicliff noted that being able to make his first team debut for Gloucester City was a long time aspiration of his, but now he wants to really kick on.
“Making my first team debut on Saturday was a massive highlight within my football career and I hope I can make more appearances within the up and coming games.
“In terms of my main personal ambition for my career is to make it as a professional footballer and I know all too well that I will have to work extremely hard for this, but I am incredibly focused and I am willing to put in the effort to achieve my goals.”
Tim Harris will cast his eye over Tunnicliff again this evening at Swindon Supermarine in our second pre-season friendly, alongside other trialists including former Birmingham forward Edji Mbunga and ex-Bristol Rovers front man Eliot Richards.