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“Obviously it is an amazing experience for me, coming away with the first team on my first tour, coming to LA. You have got to grasp the opportunity and take everything in, what the players do, how they rest, preparing for games. It is just really good to be around the squad and hopefully I can show everybody, including the manager, what I am capable of and push on from there
The intensity of the training is just a step above, especially in my position when you are checking your shoulder all the time, making sure you are aware of what goes on, and all that stands you in good stead for whatever games I am going to play this season. It is just a good experience being out here with the heat, managing your rest, managing how you perform out on the pitch and it is all good. Last season I was just coming into the reserve team group and performing there. Obviously you have to expect things to happen for you because you have to be confident in yourself, and that you are going to go out and improve. Obviously it is surprising, but it is not really a surprise because you have to expect it and prepare for anything in football. Even Marcus, Jesse and Axel, they are all boys I have grown up with in the Academy system and it is just brilliant to see loads of young players out on tour, enjoying themselves and preparing for the new season. Victor and Romelu have fitted in really well. It is like they have been here for a while. Everybody has made them feel welcome and it is just brilliant to have them here. I just want to show the manager what I am capable of and hopefully he likes what he sees. Then we can take it from there.”