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FALLS LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUTH ALLIANCE DEBUT

30 September 2020

Northern Irish youngster could feature against Doncaster on Saturday

- Huddersfield Town U17s play at Doncaster Rovers on Saturday
- Club has received international clearance for Conor Falls and Brodie Spencer
- Conor discusses his first few weeks at the Club

Huddersfield Town’s Under-17 side plays its third EFL Youth Alliance game of the new season on Saturday – and there could be two new names on the team sheet!

The Young Terriers have been bolstered by the news that Northern Irish duo Brodie Spencer and Conor Falls have received their international clearance to play in competitive games for Town.

Both are now in line to feature against Doncaster Rovers at the weekend, with the game kicking off at Canalside at 11am.

“I can’t wait to get started in a league match,” 16-year-old Conor admitted to htafc.com.

As part of the team’s preparation for the game, the coaches challenge the players to do their own pre-game analysis to widen their overall understanding of football.

“We get a game that Rotherham have played, and we’re asked to analyse them. I’d never done that before I arrived here!” Conor explained.

“We make clips with their formations, strengths and possible weaknesses that we might exploit. We do the team together, and I look at the players I might be up against directly.

“We’re up against players a year older than us, who can be physically stronger and with an extra year’s experience too. It’s good competition and will help us improve in those areas.

“We have to think quicker and use our technical abilities and try to move the ball faster and with better quality.”

In his short time at the Club, the former Glentoran winger has already played in many behind-closed-doors matches whilst training under Jon Worthington, George Danaher and Oran Thompson.

Conor continued:

“We all know each other now as we’re together at Rishworth, but it was really helpful that I already knew Brodie when we arrived.

“I like the way we get a lot of game time here, and I’ve also played a number of different positions. In my last game I played centrally as an attacking midfielder and I really enjoyed it. I’ve learned different things from it.

“It’s a very different style; much more tactical than I’ve experienced before. There’s a lot more depth in how we play, and you really must think about it.

“Tactically I’m already better, but I also feel physically stronger, fitter and faster. We do a lot of running!

Conor is still learning his trade, but he takes inspiration from seeing players like Lewis O’Brien, Ben Jackson and Romoney Crichlow recently stepping up from the Academy into Town’s First Team.

“It’s great to see, but it’s exactly what I want to do in the next few years. I want to consistently play for our First Team.”


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