Youngster can't get enough of life in the first-team
Having grabbed the equaliser from right back in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Great Wakering Rovers, it’s clear to see why youngster Ryan Auger is thoroughly enjoying himself.
The 19-year-old who joined Blues at the age of ten, signed a pro contract this summer, and says the step up to the first-team is one he will relish.
And having enjoyed time out on loan last season, he is confident he is ready for the campaign ahead.
He said: “The main difference is just the intensity of training and the tempo of it.
“In youth football sometimes you can make a mistake or take a bad touch on the training pitch and get away with it, but I’ve learnt quickly you can’t do that with the first team.
“The sessions are tough and sometimes very difficult but I’m really enjoying myself at the moment and it was great to get 45 minutes under my belt against Great Wakering.
“The goal was an added bonus that’s for sure, but because of the heat that 45 minutes felt much longer than it actually was.
“The heat was a good thing though and will certainly help with our fitness levels.
“Going out on loan last season has definitely helped me prepare for this pre-season in terms of the physical side of it.”
Ryan played the second-half against Great Wakering at right-back, but says he’s happy to play anywhere. Something that manager Phil Brown has already noticed.
He added: “When I was younger I played in the centre of midfield but as I’ve got older I’ve played right midfield and right back as well.
“I don’t really mind where I play and I think Phil Brown has picked up on that already and seen I can play in a number of positions.
“I had a chat with the manager and he’s told me what I can work on and improve, I’ve really enjoyed working under him so far.”