Forward featured for Cork City on loan
- Kit Elliott eager to keep building on his current performances
- Young Terrier returned from loan spell at Cork City last month
- Under-19s travel to Middlesbrough on Friday afternoon
Huddersfield Town B Team forward Kit Elliott is keen to keep building on the impressive start he’s had back with Town’s Academy since returning from loan.
The Young Terrier spent four months last season with Cork City, returning to Huddersfield when the League of Ireland Premier Division finished in November.
Elliott spoke to htafc.com about how he found the experience.
“I really enjoyed it. Playing abroad was something different and it was really good.
“Men’s football is more physical than Academy football and I think being on loan before helped with the transition.
“In my first game out there, I scored and got an assist, so that helped give me confidence to know that I can compete at that level.
“I think loans help me to adapt to the physicality of senior football and I’m now a lot more confident playing against men.
“I know I can hold my own against them and perform to a good level.”
The youngster was also quick to comment on the impact of moving to a different country.
“It took a bit time to adjust. I had to get used to living on my own and a different culture.
“I also had to get used to how everything operated over there and different shops.
“Now I’ve learnt how to live independently and to lead a professional lifestyle off the pitch.
“It gave me a lot of respect for the French lads here who have moved away from home and had to learn a new language, that must make it even harder for them.”
Since being back in HD1, the striker has had an instant impact within the Academy, scoring in his first game back – a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in November 2020.
“It was great to come back and score in my first game back with in Huddersfield with the B Team.
“It was a positive start and I’ve gone on to score a few more goals since then and I’m just looking to build on that and to build on these performances and hopefully just keep on improving.
“I’ve enjoyed being back. Obviously being part of the B Team there’s a lot of focus on developing as a player and working hard in the gym.
“We also do a lot on the pitch and individually. I feel like I definitely do see improvements in my game when I’m here training.”
The 19-year-old also took the time to reflect on how far he’s come in the last year.
“I’ve been working a lot in the gym and doing extras after training to improve my fitness even more and become even sharper.
“I want to help myself in games and so I definitely feel like I’m sharper and fitter compared to last year.
“I’m definitely more confident as well. I’ve had a lot of experience now with the loans and playing with the B Team and being on the bench for the First Team.”
Kit and his U19 teammates will be back in action on Friday afternoon, when they travel to take on Middlesbrough. You can follow live tweets on Town’s Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.