The platform to train with the Accies first team has made defender Fergus Owens determined to repay the faith shown in him by the Accies staff.
The young defender, who has spent the last year recovering from an ACL injury, insists he would not be where he is today without the medical staff.
He said: “The physio and the sports science department were fantastic. Rob and Sunnan were always keeping in touch seeing how I was doing, making sure I was okay. They’ve been brilliant with my recovery and it’s good to know that you’re in the best hands.
“They were unbelievable for me every step of the way sending me out training plans or running schedules to make sure I was still kicking on with my recovery before we returned. George [Cairns] as well he reassured me that there would be no rush to get back and that helped me a lot.
“Now I have this chance to train with the first team I want to kick on and repay the faith these guys have shown in me.”
The young defender believes he has returned from his injury much more resilient as a person.
He said: “I think my time out has helped me become stronger. I realised that no matter how a situation may look I don’t let that have an influence on me. I definitely realised how strong-willed I am as a person and coming out the other side of my injury I feel stronger.”
For Owens, his time spent injured has helped him value the opportunity of being able to train with the first team and impress the coaching staff.
Owens said: “I really appreciate the chance I have been given. It is always a good thing to know the staff here think highly enough of you to include you in training. I need to use this platform to show what I can do.
“Now I am here the next aim has to be pushing for the first team. To get the opportunity to play would be a dream come true. It is fair enough to be training with the first team but it is another thing to be playing in the side which has to be the aim.”
The central defender is looking to use his time with the first team to learn from the experienced players in the squad.
He said: “Easty [Brian Easton] has been a big help, he is always talking to us and giving me pointers on where to improve. I am looking to take in as much as possible from these lads to help me become a better player.”
With three current academy graduates in the centre of defence Owens believes this serves as motivation to follow in their footsteps.
He said: “Seeing Jamie, Shaun and Easty in the first team definitely gives you motivation. You can see that there is a direct path to the first team here at Hamilton and you know that can be you if you get your head down and keep working hard.”
Nickolas McInally – 25th February 2021 – 18:15