Youngster speaks ahead of Wednesday’s Clarets Cup game
- Under-17s face Crewe Alexandra on Wednesday 4 March 2020
- Ben Midgley discusses how he’s developed under Jon Worthington
- Supporters can attend
Huddersfield Town Under-17 Captain Ben Midgley is pleased with his personal development so far this season ahead of Wednesday’s Clarets Cup Quarter-Final against Crewe Alexandra.
The 16-year-old became a part of the Young Terriers set-up last summer and grew up as a Town fan locally in Mirfield.
So far, he feels nothing but pride whenever pulling on the blue and white stripes of Town and believes the Academy’s development programme is having the desired effect on himself and his teammates.
“It’s been brilliant, I’ve been a Huddersfield fan since I was born, and I’ve always wanted to play for this club.
“I feel like it’s going really well. At the start of the season we had to get to know each other as we’d all just arrived but now we’ve bonded, played a fair few games together, and we’re starting to get better in the league and find our form.”
He has been a key figure in Jon Worthington’s team this campaign, taking up the captaincy and displaying his skill as a natural leader.
“It’s a big responsibility to have. I lead the players, but I just play my own game, I’m just like everyone else.
“You have to have voices on the pitch, from everyone not just me, it’s nice to have to the armband but as I say, there’s 11 voices on the pitch.”
Alongside the mental side of the game, Midgley also feels the technical side of his game has vastly improved as he has grown into a more versatile midfielder under the watchful eye of former Terriers midfielder Worthy.
“He has helped me a lot, as he was a centre-mid himself he’s shown me where to play. I came here as a number six and now I find myself playing more in the number eight and 10 roles.
“He’s been key in developing me into those positions with things like backfoot receiving, passing, and scoring more goals. Last year I was on zero goals, and up to now I’ve got 11, so I’m happy I’m improving.
“I’ve still got a long way to go obviously, I think there’s a lot to improve on, there’s still the rest of this season to go. I’m just looking to improve every day in training, work hard in our sessions then play the game, and hopefully that pays off.”
Ben and his Under-17 teammates are back in action on Wednesday (4 March 2020) as they take on Crewe Alexandra at Alexandra Park Training Ground (CW5 6DF). Kick-off is 1pm and supporters are welcome to attend!
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