Mccann’s praise gives con­fi­dence to Greaves

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JACOB Greaves made his third ap­pear­ance - and his home de­but - for Chel­tenham Town in Tues­day night’s match against Carlisle United.

The 18-year-old de­fender was a sea­son ticket holder at Hull City when they were in the Pre­mier League and he grew up watch­ing now Manch­ester United and Eng­land star Harry Maguire play in a back three at the KCOM Sta­dium be­fore earn­ing a pro deal with the Tigers...

Two games into your loan spell at Chel­tenham Town, how are you find­ing it so far?

I think I have started well. I came in and wasn’t ex­pect­ing to do much, but Boy­ley (Will Boyle) has been in­jured so I have slot­ted in on the left side of the three and so far I think I’ve done well and I’ve found it com­fort­able. The Bris­tol Rovers game was a lit­tle bit tough. Play­ing a League One side who were a good team on the night.

Has any­thing taken you by sur­prise be­cause this is your first taste of first team se­nior foot­ball?

The phys­i­cal­ity and mark­ing from set pieces, the boys are a lot tougher to mark. You have to be switched on for 90 min­utes be­cause there are balls down your throat all the time and it’s dif­fer­ent to what I have ex­pe­ri­enced so far. Get­ting my first league game and cup game out of the way, they al­ways say the first is the tough­est so hope­fully now I can re­lax and just en­joy my foot­ball.

What were your over­all thoughts on Satur­day’s 0-0 draw at More­cambe?

We are a good team de­fen­sively and the gaffer (Michael Duff) said at half-time, if we don’t win he wants a clean sheet. He wants us to show we are ca­pa­ble of do­ing that away from home be­cause the away form’s not been the best. We had a few chances, one in the first half to go 1-0 up. You saw it in the Scun­thorpe game, once we scored one, we scored three more so get­ting that first goal re­laxes ev­ery­one and then we can start play­ing our stuff a bit more.

What’s it like com­ing out to a new club and set­tling in at the age of 18?

I look for­ward to com­ing in ev­ery morn­ing be­cause the boys are bril­liant, such a close knit group and ev­ery­one is good mates. We do things out­side of the club and I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter club to come and join and ev­ery­one has been so wel­com­ing. It’s a great club and hope­fully we can push on.

Your dad Mark was a pop­u­lar player at Hull, did that make turn­ing pro even more spe­cial?

Def­i­nitely. Ev­ery­one says how much of a good player he was at Hull, which puts a bit of pres­sure on my shoul­ders. I speak to him ev­ery day and he’s com­ing to a few of the games and this week he’s com­ing. He’s been on the phone, telling me to en­joy it and just said keep go­ing.

Has Grant Mccann given you any spe­cific in­struc­tions?

The gaffer said he wanted me to come out on loan to Chel­tenham and I was de­lighted. I didn’t ex­pect it, but it’ll be help­ful. He said it was a great club, he’s played here and said to play with a smile on my face. Af­ter the game on Satur­day he rung me and asked me how it all went, which was nice of him. He said he’ll do that a lot. He’s a good man­ager.

He’s al­ready made some favourable com­ments about you and how ex­cited he is about your po­ten­tial. How does that make you feel?

It gives you con­fi­dence know­ing the gaffer at Hull City is say­ing how highly he rates me. Hope­fully his ex­pec­ta­tions of me go higher and I can keep play­ing.

You’ll have seen Hull play in the Pre­mier League. Was there any­one you par­tic­u­larly looked up to?

I was a sea­son ticket holder in the Prem! Harry Maguire was there who was un­be­liev­able for Hull and got his move to Le­ices­ter, ev­ery­one know he was go­ing to be a tal­ent. He played in a back three so I was watch­ing how he played as well, ob­vi­ously not know­ing I was go­ing to come here and play in a back three at 18. But I had a look at how he played. There was Michael Daw­son too, who was a very good player. When I came in last sea­son and this sea­son, it’s the likes of Jordy de Wijs and Ryan Tafa­zolli who have helped me loads. Taf has played in League Two and League One - he told me to go and en­joy it, be ready for the chal­lenge and that I’ll im­press. All of them are great role mod­els.

It’s quite early to get your first loan spell, if you can do well do you think that’ll bode well for knock­ing on the door of the first team?

Def­i­nitely. Not many 18-yearolds have come on loan at cen­tre-back. If I can get that de­vel­op­ment in now, 18, play­ing in League Two, it’s only go­ing to im­prove me all round which will hope­fully be a step­ping stone to go­ing on to play for Hull City, that’s what I want to do. If not, then maybe go back next year, get an­other loan and play in the Foot­ball League more that’s what I want to do.

How are you find­ing it with Ben Tozer and Char­lie Raglan at the back?

They have been bril­liant, talk­ing me to through­out and telling me what they ex­pect of me and what they want me to do. I have to keep talk­ing as well, not just those two. I need to com­mu­ni­cate with Toze and Rags and they’ve been bril­liant.

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