Blyth looks to build on star man Vardy’s ad­vice

The Herald - Herald Sport - - FOOTBALL - GRAEME MACPHER­SON

JA­COB BLYTH hopes the tips he picked up from Eng­land ace Jamie Vardy will stand him in good stead af­ter sign­ing for Motherwell.

The striker has agreed to a two-year deal af­ter be­ing re­leased by Le­ices­ter City where he trained – and par­tied – with the Premier League cham­pi­ons. The 23 year-old signed for the club in the same week as Vardy back in 2012 and watched on as his friend be­came a sen­sa­tion for both club and coun­try. Now Blyth is hop­ing to make a sim­i­lar im­pres­sion with Mark McGhee’s men.

He said: “Jamie’s rise def­i­nitely gives me in­spi­ra­tion. I signed for Le­ices­ter on the same week as him so I was quite close to Vards. He was al­ways tak­ing me to one side and giv­ing me tips and ad­vice on how to play. He’s bril­liant to look up to and a top guy.

“It says a lot for him that he’s will­ing to take the time to help oth­ers. We all know that in his first sea­son at Le­ices­ter he didn’t have the great­est time as he was still adapt­ing to the de­mands. But even when he went on to break the Premier League goalscor­ing record he wasn’t big time about it or any­thing like that.

“He’d al­ways spent time with the younger lads and I’ll def­i­nitely stay in touch with him. Get­ting tips from a guy I think was the best striker in the Premier League last sea­son was just amaz­ing. You’ll al­ways lis­ten to that kind of ad­vice. He just told me to keep my head down, work hard on the train­ing field and if you’re do­ing well you’ll take that into a game. And he told me to keep on top of my fit­ness and don’t let your­self get dis­tracted. It was all use­ful.

“I went on a few of the cel­e­bra­tions at the end of the sea­son which was an eye­opener! That was a re­ally good time, some of the best times of my life. I wasn’t at Jamie’s house that night but I was at the af­ter-party just around the cor­ner. It was an in­for­mal thing that the play­ers or­gan­ised among our­selves and it was bril­liant just to be around.”

Blyth never made a first-team ap­pear­ance for Le­ices­ter and won­dered what might have been had they not made the dra­matic rise to be­come cham­pi­ons.

He added: “I had a month on loan to Black­pool at the end of the sea­son and a month at Cam­bridge at the start but I was at Le­ices­ter the rest of the time.

It was just bril­liant be­ing in and around that win­ning men­tal­ity when the team was do­ing well. I sat on the bench a few times, at home to West Ham and away to Hull in the cup. And that was a great ex­pe­ri­ence.

“When I first signed for Le­ices­ter they were chal­leng­ing for play-off places in the Cham­pi­onship and if they had stayed at that level I would be play­ing now. It was just un­for­tu­nate from a per­sonal point of view that they went on to win the Premier League!”

TIPS FROM THE TOP: New Motherwell sign­ing Ja­cob Blyth took ad­vice from Jamie Vardy while at Le­ices­ter

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