LOCKYER LOVES BEING A BIG DOG
TOM Lockyer is convinced he has come back from international duty a better player after rubbing shoulders with Wales’ finest this month.
The Bristol Rovers skipper was called up for the second time by Chris Coleman for World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Austria, and his absence was keenly felt as Rovers went down 3-1 to Bradford City.
But 22-year-old defender Lockyer insists it will benefit the club in the long run and help him get even better after picking up tips from the likes of West Ham defender James Collins and Everton’s Ashley Williams as Wales inched towards a World Cup playoff place with back-to-back victories.
“It leaves us in a good position in the group, a better position anyway, but my full focus is back on Rovers now,” he said.
“It was a great experience being involved in the two games and watching and learning from different styles of coaches. I went away and, hopefully, gave a good account of myself.
“James Collins was there, and some of the things he was saying in training and doing some drills. I was just trying to listen to every word the big dogs were saying to try and improve myself.”
EXPERIENCE: Tom Lockyer