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ROXBURGH FOCUSED ON IMPROVING HIMSELF

1 February 2021

Huddersfield Town Under-17s Goalkeeper pleased with recent development

- Roxburgh on his most recent performance for Huddersfield Town Under-17s
- Goalkeeper benefitting from working with Coaches Neil Bennett and Paul Clements
- Under-17s back in Clarets Cup action on Tuesday against Barnsley

Young Terriers Goalkeeper Michael Roxburgh feels focused on his development this season, and believes he has ‘stepped up’ from his first season at the Club.

Roxburgh joined Town’s Academy in summer 2019 and has featured heavily for Jon Worthington and George Danaher’s Under-17s side ever since.

His most recent performance, against Bradford City, saw him make numerous crucial saves throughout the match, varying from tipping a free kick onto the woodwork to getting down low to make a fine double save whilst under pressure.

The young ‘keeper was pleased with his efforts during the game and how he was able to help his team.

“Individually we all played quite well. Towards the end we stuck together, and we didn’t let our heads go after they scored two in just a couple of minutes.

“Sometimes we can drop, but we played well under intense pressure and kept our heads in the game.

“As a goalkeeper you’ve got to make those crucial saves. If they had managed to score to make it 2-1 then it’s a completely different game, so I’m pleased I managed to prevent that happening from a free kick and make a few quick reaction saves.

“I think I’ve stepped up this season compared to last. Got my head down, focused on myself, focused on what’s around me and took it game by game.”

Roxburgh is also feeling the benefits of his loan spell at Billingham Town. His recent time there may have been hindered by matches being postponed, however, he was able to make his debut earlier this month and gain some crucial experience.

“My debut for Billingham was a good physical test. I remember coming for a cross and experiencing being put under pressure by a larger opponent which is something I’m not used to – it all helps in my development.”

On top of this he is enjoying working with Town’s goalkeeping staff, who are helping Roxburgh improve different aspects of his game.

“Neil Bennett and Paul Clements have been great with me.

“They’ve helped me improve my shot stopping, communication, concentration. They always reinforce what I need to be doing, so that it gets stuck in my head!”

Roxburgh is hoping his good form and training can continue, with the aim of progressing through Town’s Academy system.

“I’m really focused.

“I hope can carry on playing as many games as I can this season and challenge for a spot in the Under-19s or B Team and earn even more helpful experience for myself.”

Roxburgh and his teammates are back in action on Tuesday afternoon, when they travel to Barnsley in the Clarets Cup.

You can keep up to date with the Academy over on their official Twitter page; @htafcademy.


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