Winger Scannell previews the next two week
Town’s last two first team friendlies may not have heralded the performances the squad was hoping for – but winger Sean Scannell is looking forward.
The 21 year-old summer signing from Crystal Palace has been one of Town’s brightest sparks in pre-season so far and although the performances at Crewe and Oldham this week have not hit the heights Town aim for, he believes things are coming together ahead of the new season.
“The pre-season games could have gone better, obviously, but we have a fairly new team here including a few new players and we are gelling together gradually,” Sean told htafc.com.
“I know a lot of changes are made in pre-season games, but we are all good players and you have to get used to it. Things will keep coming together and hopefully by the start of the season we’ll be ready to push on; we’ll be ready and raring to go.
“We still have two more friendlies, and one of them is Barcelona – we know they’ll be all about the possession! There is plenty of time for us to build up some more confidence and see where we are.”
Scannell has made the move from London to Huddersfield and already looks comfortable in his new surroundings.
“I’ve been here for a short while now and I’m enjoying it; the lads are great. I’m just looking forward to the season now. I’m living in Lindley at the moment and I’m settled in; it helps that Oscar (Gobern) is up there too as I don’t drive at the moment. Hopefully I’ll keep my accent though!”
Croydon-born Sean will miss Town’s first competitive game at Preston in the Capital One Cup due to Republic of Ireland under-21 duty and although he admits the timing could have been better, he is hoping a good season with the Terriers could help him push his international ambitions.
“That’s football isn’t it – you just have to do it. It’s great to get the call up, but at the same time it’s very frustrating to miss the Preston game. It’s quite a while since my last call-up though, so it’s definitely good to be back involved. I’ll go there, but then I’ll come back and focus on the Cardiff game.
“I’d love to force my way into the senior Irish squad, but let’s just see how this season goes first. I’ll worry about my club football first because if I do well for Huddersfield, international football should follow.
“I can’t wait to get going! Last year I played against Cardiff in the League Cup semi-final and that’s a game I remember well, so perhaps I have a point to prove against them!”
With 130 Championship games under his belt Sean can talk about the division with good knowledge and he had some words of wisdom for Town fans:
“It’s a good League – but very hard too. You have teams like Cardiff, Blackburn and Bolton in there and in the Championship you really never know where you will finish – you see teams starting the season and looking like the worst in the division, but then come the end of the season they are promoted. We’ve got to take it game by game and see how we do.”