Ben Jackson reflects on Bolton Wanderers loan spell
- Ben Jackson speaks on an enjoyable experience on loan
- Left-back believes the loan move was crucial for his development
- Young Terriers speaks on achieving promotion with Bolton Wanderers
Huddersfield Town B Team left-back Ben Jackson believes that his loan move to Bolton Wanderers came at the perfect time in his career.
The 20-year-old joined Bolton on loan for the rest of the 2020/21 season during the January transfer window.
Speaking to htafc.com, Jackson said his loan spell at Bolton Wanderers came at the perfect time.
“I loved being at Bolton! Being part of a promotion-winning side was a great achievement.
“The move came at the perfect time for me in the season. I wasn’t really where I wanted to be in regard to playing with the First Team at Huddersfield.
“Loan moves are always huge for players.
“Playing men’s football is always going to be different to Academy football because you’re playing for points every week and so they really help you to find that competitive edge.
“They help you mature and grow up a little bit and for me, with Bolton fighting for promotion and trying to achieve a target, that was huge for the Club and for my development.”
The left-back believes that having to fight for his position has benefitted him hugely, as well as having the chance to learn from players such as Declan Jon.
“This move gave me the opportunity to develop my game by watching Declan in games and in training, seeing what he does well and how I can implement the things he does into my game.
“Watching him and learning from him was beneficial to the development of my playing style.
“When I wasn’t being selected to start games, I was working my socks off in training by going that extra mile such as staying behind after training and working on my game.
“I believe that was part of the reason why I started against Morecambe when Declan was unfit.
“At times it was a bit frustrating being stuck behind him for a bit, but I had my chance when he missed a game and I was able to come in and play a good game and have a big impact.
“Overall, it was a massive experience for me, and it was really enjoyable.”
The youngster also reflected on THAT goal against Morecambe, which helped contribute to Bolton securing automatic promotion.
“The Morecambe game was massive because it was third against fourth, and it was likely that whoever won that game would go on to push for the automatic promotion places.
“I knew on the Friday that I was going to be starting but I could not let the pressure get to me even though the game was a big one. I had to trust in my abilities and the lads that I was playing with.
“When the goal went in it was all a bit of a blur if I’m honest!
"I was buzzing! It is a feeling that is very difficult to put into words.
“Getting promoted was such a nice feeling, for me it was a first as I have never experienced promotion before.
“It definitely motivates me to want to experience these types of achievements with Huddersfield Town. After having this taste of success, I have developed a hunger to want to experience this feeling again.
“However, first and foremost, my main priority now is to get as fit as I can during the off-season and hit the ground running when I get back to Huddersfield.”