Young goalkeeper continuing his development in Scottish Premier League
- Ryan Schofield discussed his loan spell at Livingston
- Young Huddersfield Town ‘keeper in constant contact with Paul Clements
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV
Young Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Ryan Schofield is learning both on and off the pitch during his loan spell at Scottish Premier League side Livingston.
The 20-year-old, who made his Town debut earlier this season, joined Livingston on loan in January to gain further experiences of men’s football.
With football suspended due to Covid-19, htafc.com caught up with Ryan, who discussed how this loan spell is developing him as a player and a person.
“I think the experience has been good.
“Obviously, I’ve moved away from home and learnt different life skills as well.
“It didn’t start the way I wanted to it with an injury, I think when you go into a new club, you’re always keen and wanting to impress and I think I pushed myself a bit too` hard looking back on it.
“They’ve since brought Robby (McCrorie) in who’s a very good ‘keeper and I’ve had to fight for my place, and I think I’ve put a valiant effort in for my spot.
“It’s been good to get a couple of games under my belt and when I look at it, I’ve probably got more games under my belt at Livingston than I would have at Huddersfield.
“I’m out there to get the experience and I’ve spoken to Danny, Nicky and Clem (Paul Clements) and they’re all on the same page with how it’s going.”
The ‘keeper started in Livingston’s SPL game against Rangers in February and put in an eye-catching performance.
“Playing in front of 40-50,000 people is what you want to do and it’s one of the experiences that I came up here for.
“I think the performance that I put in was enough to put my name out there and back in the equation with the manager.
“They said that I had done, but unfortunately they chose to play Robby, and I can’t influence their decision, I can only play as I did.
“I’ve had to wrap my head around that and just keep training and doing the best that I can in training.”
Throughout his loan spell Ryan has been keeping in close contact with Head of Goalkeeping, Paul Clements, a figure who has been vital in the young ‘keepers development.
“Clem and I have a good relationship.
“He’s been a pivotal part in my career, and I can’t thank him enough for everything he’s done with me.
“Right from the age of 14/15 when I first came in we’ve worked together - through the Academy, we stepped up to the First Team at the same time and I think we’ve got that relationship where I can tell him what I think and he can tell me what he thinks and we’ll learn from each other.
“I think being away it’s not been that difficult, he’s only a phone call away and we speak to each other after the games I’ve played and a couple of games of training.
“He’s kept me in the loop with what’s happening at Huddersfield Town and I’ve kept him in the loop with what’s happening at Livingston.
“I think it’s worked well; we have a catch up every now and then and we all know what’s happening.”
You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV!