Stockley: I'm fighting for that first team shirt
caught up with AFC Bournemouth striker Jayden Stockley for a quick interview ahead of the new Championship campaign.It`s been quite a while since our last interview. How have you been and what have you been up to over the summer? 'Summer has been quiet, no holidays taken etc..so really just focusing on being more than ready for this forthcoming season.Any out of season training?'All player`s get given a summer training plan to just ensure we keep ticking over and are ready for day one of pre-season training. In addition to this I added some personal 'quick feet` exercises and of course lots of shooting drills mainly based at Canford School.You obviously enjoyed the back end of last season getting some regular first team football out on loan with Conference side Woking. What was the best part of that move for you in terms of your development as a fully fledged professional footballer?'Quite simply it`s playing 90 minutes. It`s not a coincidence that the more I play the more I score. I believe I can score against anyone if I get the minutes.What would you say was your best performance while at Woking and why?'Probably the one at home verses Forest Green. No goal scored but I believed I 'bossed` the game and felt really good.What was your worst performance and what did the manager say to you to get you ready for the next match? Probably Luton away..I didn`t need the boss to tell me though!You scored ten goals for Woking in the Conference, what was your best goal for Woking and talk us through it.'Probably the one that I volleyed in from a strange angle against Braintree away. Just came to me from midfield and I thought why-not…Did you make any friends who you hope to keep in contact with following your time with Woking? 'All of them are good lads and I made some good friends, Jack Parkinson in particular I still keep in contact with. (centre-midfielder)Obviously this pre-season is back with Eddie Howe, you`ve had pre-season schedules with Howe, Lee Bradbury and Paul Groves in the past, what are the major differences between the three in terms of training?'All had their benefits and different ways, Eddie is very detailed though and I believe I`m in the best shape I`ve ever been due to the training and the increased pre-season match time I`ve enjoyed thus far.Your target has always been to break into the AFC Bournemouth squad on a regular basis, but you`ve always seemed unlucky in this regard as you`ve been on the fringes for a while and just when you develop and improve the team does the same.
With promotion to the Championship that task has got even harder, I know you will remain determined to fight for that ultimate goal, but could this season be another year where a loan move could be the best option for you or will you cross that bridge nearer to when the season begins?'If I go on loan I will initially see it as a failure not to have broken into the first team squad/team…this is because I believe in myself and believe I can give the team something even in the championship at my age. I am 20 in September, and every month I get fitter and stronger and faster, I will concentrate on this and see where it gets me. I certainly would not be against going on loan, in fact I would want to if it means playing as I do not want to be playing 5-15 minutes each week. Playing only a few minutes does not give you enough match time to develop, in fact it does the opposite…I know as I`ve been there and do not want to be there again. I`m willing to listen, I`m willing to develop and I`m willing to fight for that first team place.In a recent interview with Radio Solent you said that the Cherries fans have always been patient with you, what exactly did you mean by that? 'The fans have been patient with me as really they do not know what I`m capable of and only see my name every now and then linked to the team. This season I hope that they will see more of me, or certainly hear it if out of loan, and then I`m sure they will see that I enjoy nothing more than playing in the Bournemouth shirt and ultimately sticking that ball in the back of the net.Do you have anything else you`d like to say to the Cherries supporters? 'Enjoy the season, as I think everyone linked to the club deserves this present period of excitement and I hope success.
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