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Academy Focus – Jamie Smith

u18s shot-stopper Jamie says: “I just want to play as many games as possible and hopefully keep going”

Jamie, who’s been an academy goalkeeper with the club since he was 12 has been enjoying the step up to reserve games and experiencing the first-team squad.

“It’s been a great experience for me, being number three against Edinburgh City as of late and going to Easter Road has been beneficial to me.

“The higher level you play, the better, I suppose it’s a bit of a cliché, but it’s true.”

The youngster was part of the UEFA Youth League Squad last season, but feels this year has been more of a breakthrough for him as he took the u18s number one spot.

“If you speak to any goalkeeper of course they will tell you they want to play, There’s only one slot in a starting XI for a goalie so to eventually secure your place on a team sheet is reassuring. 

“If you look at Luke Southwood, He’s only 22-years-old and the clubs brought him back to play so it’s motivating to see a young goalkeeper take the spot and for me it shows the opportunity is there irrespective of age, it’s about being there on merit.”

When asked about his personal goals this season, Jamie said: “I like to keep most of my personal goals to myself, the obvious ones I could tell you would be that I’d like to play as many u18s and reserve games as possible and hopefully one day my chance will come.”


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