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U17 INTERVIEW: DONAY O’BRIEN-BRADY IMPROVING OFF THE BALL

18 September 2020

U17s Youth Alliance League continues this Saturday against Mansfield Town

- Donay O’Brien-Brady enjoying life in Town’s Academy
- Midfielder working on his movement off the ball
- U17s take on Mansfield Town in the Youth Alliance League

Huddersfield Town youngster Donay O’Brien-Brady has already seen an improvement in his game since joining the Club’s Academy.

Donay became a Young Terrier in the summer and has been working hard with his teammates to learn the Terriers’ style of play.

He detailed how the Club has already produced a plan on how he can improve, alongside his work to learn a new style of play.

“I’ve enjoyed it straight from the first session. I like the intensity, the competitiveness in training; it’s really enjoyable.

“The sessions are exciting, and we are always working on new things. The IDP (Individual Development Plan) helps us improve on our certain areas of our game.

“Mine is dribbling and shooting on the move. I’m a midfielder or wide player, so it’s important that I can beat people, score goals and can get assists.

“We started with the ‘emotion’ block, which was all about how we play off the ball. As a minimum we run, work hard, make tackles, blocks; that’s a must on the pitch. The Club has taught me that stuff really well.

“The coaches are helping me improve on what I need to work on and give me the confidence and encouragement so I can show my strengths on and off the pitch.”

Donay started in the U17s’ first league game of the 2020/21 campaign. He explained how much he enjoyed that experience and how he was already implementing what he’d learnt on the training pitch.

“I found the first league game really good; it was a good challenge. I feel like I did well and was able to use my skills and some of the stuff off the ball that Huddersfield Town have helped me develop; it’s important that I have that reactiveness and aggression.

“I’m loving playing games and being back on the pitch.”

Alongside developing on the pitch together, Town’s Under-17s have also been growing together off the pitch.

“We all live in Rishworth together, so we are with each other every day,” said the 16-year-old.

“It’s a friendly environment, we get to know each other a lot more because we are living with each other 24/7.

“You get to see how people are, like if they’re grumpy in the mornings or whatever, it’s good that you get to know more about each other than just football.”

The Under-17s’ campaign continues on Saturday (19 September 2020) against Mansfield and will kick-off at 11am.


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