Accies academy graduate Marley Redfern believes his loan spell with Blackburn United has helped him improve as a footballer.
He said: “Playing in such a competitive league when I was out on loan helped me so much. I could see how much it meant to the other players.
“It was my first experience of first team football and seeing the win or die attitude definitely helped me.”
Unfortunately, due to the suspension of the lower leagues, Redfern’s loan spell was cut short. However, he believes the time playing first team football has added to his motivation to impress while training with the first team.
He said: “George [Cairns] phoned me to say I was coming back. We weren’t playing so it was a good time to come back. He spoke to me and reminded me to keep my head down and keep working hard in training.
“I think the time away has motivated me, I have come back and I am looking to use this experience to kick on and learn as much as I can while I have the opportunity to train with the first team.”
Redfern believes the standard of training within the Accies first team has helped him improve as a footballer.
He said: “I have only been back a few weeks but every day in training you can see the standards the lads set. It is a good way to try and hit that standard and you are constantly looking to see what you can learn from these lads.
“When you are a young boy trying to make your way in the game and not playing the motivation is there to throw yourself into every training session to impress the coaches.”
However, the 18-year-old believes nothing can replace the learning experience first team football gives a player.
He said: “Training with the first team is brilliant but playing in that competitive league out on loan was massive for me. I had only previously played youth football where it isn’t just about winning. However, in first team football it is the most important thing.”