Bunn previews a big upcoming 2015/16 season
Sky Bet Championship full backs beware – there’s still more to come from Harry Bunn!
That’s the opinion of the 22 year-old attacker, despite his obvious delight at how the 2014/15 season unfolded on a personal level.
The former Manchester City Academy player quickly went from scoring in the Development Squad’s pre-season friendly at Radcliffe Borough in July to notching on his full Sky Bet Championship debut at Reading’s Madejski Stadium less than a month later.
From there, Harry went on to make a big impact, scoring nine goals from 24 starts for Chris Powell’s Terriers.
“At the start of the season my aim was to break into the First Team and thankfully that happened quite early on. I was able to kick on from there and I ended up having a really good season,” Harry explained at PPG Canalside on Thursday morning.
“Obviously scoring on my full league debut at Reading was a high point, as was the goal in a Yorkshire derby against Leeds – although unfortunately we didn’t win the game.”
His impressive form saw him finish a very close runner-up to Conor Coady in the voting for Town’s 2014/15 Young Player of the Year award, as voted for by his teammates.
Harry continued: “I was delighted for Conor; we both voted for each other! I thought he deserved to win it. It’s still good for my confidence to know that my teammates believe in me and think I’m a good player.”
Now Bunn is looking to improve further in the upcoming season by heeding the lessons learned in 2014/15.
“The Manager keeps telling us that the more games we play, the more we’ll learn and the better we’ll perform. Experiencing the ups and downs of last season can only be a good thing for us in the long run.
“We threw away too many games in late stages, such as away at Rotherham and at home to Norwich. We had quite a few games where we conceded late on and we need to all learn from that. Avoiding that in the coming season will see us pick up quite a few more points.”
In the USA, some young athletes are known to suffer from the ‘Sophomore Slump’, when the promise of a superb breakout season isn’t continued in the second term. That’s something Harry is doing everything he can to avoid, starting by putting in extra closed season work at the Club’s training ground.
He explained: “This is the first pre-season in my career where I’ll think of myself as an established First Team player. Last summer I was playing in the Development Squad friendlies and this year it will be a step up for me in terms of the opposition.
“I think I’ve improved over the last 12 months and now a good pre-season is really important. I wouldn’t say I like pre-season, but I know it has to be done! I’m trying to do as much as I can on my own over the summer to make things easier when we come back.
“Obviously I picked up a few niggling injuries towards the end of last season, so I’m trying to get my body right. This season I want to stay clear of those and I think it will help that my body is used to playing more regularly.
“There’s still more to come from me, definitely.”
Looking at the Club as a whole, Harry thinks there is plenty of reason for Town fans to be optimistic going into the 2015/16 campaign.
“If you look where this Club has come in the last five years, we’ve gone from a League 1 side to an established Championship team.
“Even since the opening game of last season, when I don’t think anybody was expecting what happened, we’ve moved on a lot. We’re all looking forward.
“I’m really looking forward to the season and kicking on again. Hopefully the team can do that too. In this division, a good run will see you quickly climb the table and we’ve seen the likes of Burnley, Blackpool and now Bournemouth reap the benefits in recent memory.”
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