Youth midfielder hails the club's European Tour Programme
Blues’ youth team midfielder Charlie Barlow has hailed the club’s European Tour Programme as a major attraction for prospective players looking to join the club.
Speaking in an exclusive interview for the Bristol Rovers edition of Blues, the club’s official matchday programme, Barlow said: “I think it’s important for youngsters because when we go on tour, it’s a different experience.”
“That’s what first-team players do; they travel and play in Cup games, so I think people that come to the club might be attracted to that. We’ve played against PSG, Ajax, Bayern Munich, we’ve played quite good sides so it makes others want to come to the club and it’s a good experience. It’s good for team-building as well.”
Barlow, who has played in all seven Under-18s fixtures in 2013/14, including Saturday's 2-0 win over Dagenham & Redbridge, even picked out one such experience from last season as his personal highlight.
"The highlight during my time here would probably be going on tour somewhere, probably to Germany last year. Me, Bridgey [Jack Bridge] and Ted [Smith] went and we were playing in a game that we had to win to have a chance of qualifying. It was an indoor tournament and we won 5-4 in the end, so it was a great experience to play in that," he added.
To read the full interview, in which Barlow discusses his experiences during six years with the club, the ambition he has to succeed at Southend United and the positive effect that Head of Youth Ricky Duncan has on his players, you’ll need to buy a programme on Friday night, priced at just £3.