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Season 2010/11

Poole aims to make a splash

  • 15 July 2010 12:15
  • Posted by Peter Ferguson

James Poole is excited at the arrival of David Silva - even though the Spanish World Cup winner's presence will make it even tougher for the youngster to break through.

Stockport-born James is part of the City Elite Under-21 squad that kicks off at Hyde FC on Saturday after the attacking midfield prospect signed a new one-year deal in March.

He says: "David Silva plays in the position that I play in, so I will watch him to see all the little things that he does. You have to watch and learn from players like him.

"I've trained with the first team quite a few times - it’s another step-up but it’s also something that you want every day, and it brings you on as a player."

James is determined to show his worth but believes that another spell out on loan might help his football education after spending time at Bury last season.

He said: "It was good, an experience I’d recommend to anyone even though we didn’t get great results. We got beat 5-0 on my League debut, but for me it was a learning curve.

"Bury don’t have the resources that City have, they work with what they’ve got. You don’t have the gyms that we’ve got here, for instance, so you just do what you can."

Poole, who played nine games for Bury, added: "I got roughed up a bit but that's what you go out on loan for, to see a different side of things. It can only bring you on as a player.

"I think my best bet now is to go on loan again, make an impression and hopefully take it from there. All the players aim to raise their game a bit and we all relish the challenge."

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