Defender played in latest B Team game against Rochdale AFC
- Luke Daley looking to improve physical side of game
- Defender enjoying playing with older age group
- Young Terriers host Chorley on Friday (12 March 2021)
Huddersfield Town Under-19s defender Luke Daley is relishing the physical challenge of facing a side like Chorley on Friday evening.
The 18-year-old has linked up with the B Team for numerous appearances and was most recently involved in an impressive 3-1 win over Rochdale AFC at a very wet Canalside on Wednesday afternoon.
Daley was pleased with his own performance in the game against tough opponents.
"I feel very positive it was a good win for us.
"They were a good side who tried to play out and pass it around at the back and on the floor.
"Sometimes you can be caught out by the wet pitch, but the weather definitely helped us against Rochdale.
“It moved the ball quicker, so it made it easy for us to pass it."
The youngster commented that passing the ball out from the back is a key component to the way the team plays, something that is reflected in each age group across Town's Academy.
"We try to play the same system in each age group. We look at the First Team and try to replicate what they do, so that when you move up through the different groups, you're still playing the same way.
"It can be difficult moving between the Under-19s and the B Team because you're playing with different players all the time, but I've coped with it well and it's just all about developing those new partnerships with different players."
Daley highlighted his physical game as a key area that he hopes to develop, and believes that the Young Terriers’ upcoming game against Chorley is the perfect game to do that in.
"I'd like to improve on the physical side of my own game and coming up against Chorley, another men's team, it can definitely help me physically.
"The physical battle will be tough against Chorley, but they also like to play direct, so winning the headers and the second balls will be just as important.
"It can be difficult coming up against older more physical players, but I can handle it well and it will be a positive experience."
You can follow live match updates from 5pm on Friday 13 March 2021 over on Town’s official Academy Twitter; @htafcacademy.