Youth striker says he's been getting advice from Jack Payne and Seedy Njie
Youth team centre-forward Jason Williams is hoping to learn from his former Under-18s colleagues Seedy Njie and Jack Payne as he seeks to earn a professional contract with the Blues at the end of his scholarship.
Williams, who scored three times for the club during their pre-season campaign and followed that up with a hat-trick against Stevenage in the club’s season opener on Saturday, has returned after the summer break looking lean, fit and ready to terrorise defences throughout the Football League Youth Alliance South East Conference.
And the striker, who scored for the reserve team in their 4-2 victory over Burnham Ramblers last season in addition to four efforts for the Under-18s, is hoping that his close friends in the first-team picture can aid his own progression towards the senior squad.
“I think because Seedy and Jack Payne are in the same position I’m quite close to them, so I’m really happy for them and it makes me want to try and be even better that they were, with their help,” says Williams in an exclusive interview for Saturday’s official matchday programme, Blues.
“They’ve spoken to me a lot, trying to help me and tell me what I need to do. I think they’ve watched every single pre-season game and talked to me when I’ve come off the pitch. They’re really helping me to get where I need to be.”
Williams also feels that the enhanced responsibility that comes from being a second-year scholar will aid his personal development this season: “I think I’ve got a much bigger role at the club. I need to be influential and take what I learnt from older players like Seedy last year, use it and try and help the youngsters get through the whole season because there can be a low times as well as high times,” he said.
You can read the full interview with Jason Williams, including his thoughts on 2012/13, Blues’ Youths in pre-season and his targets and ambitions for the year ahead, by purchasing your copy of Blues on Saturday for just £3.