Stockley: I believe in myself
AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley wants to battle for a place in the Cherries squad after returning from a loan spell with League Two side Accrington.
The AFCB Vital
sponsored striker spent two months with the League Two side, scoring three goals in nine league games (five starts).
Back at Bournemouth after a proposed loan move to Aldershot was not agreed, Stockley caught up with AFCB Vital
to discuss his time at Accrington. So how did the loan move to League Two side Accrington come about? 'I was fairly desperate to get match-time as last season was also a little frustrating in terms of minutes played.
'Symes mentioned me to Accrington and it seemed to go from there.
'I was delighted to go to Accrington, match-time cannot be over emphasised, especially I feel for a striker.' How did you find the travelling and living up there? 'I only travelled there and back a couple of times, sometimes by car and sometimes even by plane.
'I stayed with Danny Ings so it was good to see him again and I think he needed a little company during his injury period.
'Danny is recovering well and was back to medium intensity training when I left.' The benefit of playing some regular first team football was obviously a big part in the decision and with the extra time on the pitch you scored your first football league goals.
The first came against Macclesfield, where you had been named as a substitute, but you scored after just ten minutes on the pitch.
Describe the goal and your feelings after scoring, what was your first ever football league goal. 'The ball was crossed and missed by the Macclesfield defender and our Striker, I controlled on right…a dummy to switch to my left and then to the far post.
'This type of goal I hope shows I don`t snatch at shots, I know what`s around me and I have the composure required to score regularly when getting the minutes on the pitch.
'Every goal I celebrate, this being the first goal for Accrington was a little more special but as a Striker you enjoy them all. How did you celebrate? 'I seem to be diving on to my knees recently, don`t know why…maybe I`ll change it when the ground gets drier. A couple of weeks later and you scored a fabulous goal against Torquay, you seemed to have all the time in the world to set up the strike from 25 yards, what was going through your mind? 'My Dad is always telling me to shoot with every opportunity, as early as possible in the game as I can.
'This came later but if a defender isn`t going to close me down then I know I have it in me to score from far out.
'It is nice to score outside the box, always looks more spectacular! Again a diving on my knees celebration. How does that strike rate against your first goals for Bournemouth? 'No comparison…scoring for Bournemouth is what I want to do, they are my club.
'Every goal is great as it builds on statistics for me as a Striker. The two for Bournemouth against Hereford were controlled and placed shots and show more skill I think than long distance ones…some fans may disagree. On Boxing Day in your next game you were once again on the scoresheet with another goal against Morecambe, although this one was very different and was more of a poachers finish. What do you remember about the goal? 'Not a great deal but another goal, another one to add to the tally. Strikers get judged by their number of goals so I will take anything. You had one more start after three goals in five games and ended your two month loan spell with two late substitute appearances, was it frustrating to lose your place in the starting line up? 'Yes, very.' After you returned to AFC Bournemouth you were straight into action with a reserves game away to Forest Green Rovers, how did the game go and how was it to be back amongst your AFCB team mates? 'It was great to be back training with Bournemouth.
'Forest Green went well and I hope I can now move forward and play as much as is possible as 'match-time` is vital on top of your training hours. Lee Bradbury thought you might come back a man from your loan spell at Accrington, do you feel any different after two months away from home? What did you learn? 'I understand where Lee is coming from, my Dad also said that he has noticed a change.
'I am determined to make it as a footballer and to play as high a level as I can.
'I believe in myself and my ability and now just need opportunities. What do you hope to do over the next month, would you like another loan move or would you prefer to battle for a place in the squad at Dean Court? 'Battle for a place at Bournemouth certainly is my first goal.
'To go out on loan to any league club is always an option as I believe I can positively contribute to any team and again just need opportunities and match-time to prove that.'
Thanks to Jayden for taking the time out to speak to us.
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