Boston United match was a good test from 17-year-old Pat Jones
- Pat Jones happy after Boston United experience
- Youngsters enjoyed physical challenge in B Team game
- Exposure of men’s football helping Young Terriers
Huddersfield Town’s B Team winger Patrick Jones believes the exposure of playing against more physical opponents can only be beneficial following their 3-2 defeat to Boston United on Saturday afternoon.
Jones, who only joined the Club’s Academy side from Wrexham last year, has started in all three of the B Team’s fixtures so far this season since its formation in the summer.
The Wales youth international believes there were areas of his performance that could have been improved but noted how these types of matches will serve him well going forward.
“I enjoyed it and similarly to the whole team performance I thought I was okay. I did a few things well but could have improved in other aspects. In the second half I thought I was much better.
“The challenge of playing against older and more physical players gives me a taste of what senior football would be like.”
Despite featuring predominantly for the Under-17s last season, Jones’ excellent progression has rewarded him with a role for the Club’s B Team, as well as a spot in and around Carlos Corberán’s squad.
The 17-year-old believes playing and training with the First Team will prove valuable to his development as a player.
“Playing alongside better players is only going to make you better. The intensity is better, stronger, faster and you learn stuff from them.
“They give you pointers and help you out on the pitch; I think that is only going to improve me.”
Romoney Crichlow and Ben Jackson have both made their Town debuts under Corberán this season and Jones highlighted how the Club’s trust in its Academy makes it one of the most attractive places to be in the country for a young player right now.
“I think Huddersfield Town is one of the best places for young people at the moment. It’s great that they’re including us all in training and games; trying to integrate us. The philosophy is really good.”