‘Spe­cial ta­lent’ Greaves de­lighted to make an im­pres­sion dur­ing loan spell

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JA­COB Greaves is con­fi­dent he can go on to thrive at a higher level af­ter a hugely im­pres­sive start to loan life at League Two Chel­tenham Town.

The Hull City de­fender, left, who re­cently turned 19, has been backed to play in the Cham­pi­onship within two years by tem­po­rary boss Michael Duff.

The man­ager of his par­ent club Grant Mccann de­scribed him as a “spe­cial ta­lent” af­ter award­ing him a three-year con­tract just be­fore he switched to Chel­tenham in Au­gust.

Based on his first 11 ap­pear­ances in se­nior first team foot­ball, nei­ther of them are wrong.

“It’s great to have pos­i­tive feed­back, but I am here un­til Jan­uary and I want to do as well as I can for Chel­tenham and see what hap­pens,” Greaves said.

“If the man­ager here says I can play higher, it’s good that a former Pre­mier League de­fender has said that and that he be­lieves in me.

“Ul­ti­mately I be­lieve in my­self as well as I think I can play up the leagues, but I am just con­cen­trat­ing on play­ing here.”

Mccann started out with a sev­en­month loan stay at Chel­tenham from West Ham United dur­ing the 2000/01 sea­son.

He re­turned for a sec­ond tem­po­rary stint in 2002 be­fore mov­ing turn­ing it into a per­ma­nent deal and re­main­ing at Whad­don Road un­til 2007.

Now play­ing un­der Mccann’s former Robins team mate Duff, Greaves says he can see some sim­i­lar­i­ties in the way the two former North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tion­als and good mates go about their business.

“It’s mainly how high they keep their stan­dards through­out the week,” he said.

“They don’t let any­one slip be­low that and if any­one does they are told.

“Ev­ery­one is on the same page and the to­geth­er­ness they have cre­ated is the same, with a tight-knit group.

“All of us here have a good re­la­tion­ship with the gaffer and he gets on with us well, so that’s an­other way in which they are sim­i­lar.”

At­tack­ing like a left winger at times,

Greaves has was in­volved in Chel­tenham’s sec­ond goal in their 2-0 win at Ply­mouth Ar­gyle last week.

He also saw a header saved be­fore Gavin Reilly opened the scor­ing in Satur­day’s 1-1 draw with sec­ond-placed Crewe.

The left-footer re­mains the only out­field mem­ber of the XI that have started the last four matches not to find the net this term, but with the amount of li­cence he is be­ing given to join in fur­ther up the pitch, he is con­fi­dent he will be open­ing his ac­count soon.

“I am try­ing my hard­est and I am sure my first goal is not far away,” Greaves said.

“With the way we play, de­fend­ers do get the chance to at­tack.

“The gaffer asked me on the bus home what I was do­ing in the Ply­mouth box in the 91st minute, but he was only jok­ing.

“I told him I felt fit and that I could get up there and I thought I was go­ing to get my first goal, but I am glad I con­trib­uted to it and again this week...does that count as an as­sist? Ei­ther way, I am pleased to be do­ing more at the top end of the pitch.”

Greaves is now keep­ing the man he ini­tially came into re­place out of Chel­tenham’s team, with Will Boyle back from a lay-off af­ter a calf in­jury picked up at Ley­ton Ori­ent on the open­ing day of the sea­son.

Boyle, 24, has been on the bench for the last two matches and of all Duff’s wel­come se­lec­tion de­ci­sions, not pick­ing one of his most re­li­able and per­form­ers and the longest serv­ing out­field player in the squad is prob­a­bly the most dif­fcult.

Greaves said: “Boy­ley has been quite good with me and he’s one of the big char­ac­ters in the squad.

“He’s a role model to young de­fend­ers be­cause he does ev­ery­thing right.

“It’s good for me that I am keep­ing him out of the team, but I need to keep on top of my per­for­mances.

“If my stan­dards drop, Boy­ley might come in so I have to keep them as high as pos­si­ble.”

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