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[36] Ex-United youngster, Oliver Gill, talks about joining United as a 13 year old then going on a steep learning curve

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  • [36] Ex-United youngster, Oliver Gill, talks about joining United as a 13 year old then going on a steep learning curve

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    “When I first joined, I suddenly felt out of my depth, as I’d only played in school and Sunday League football before, but with coaching and playing alongside better players, you rapidly progress. By the end of the season I’d improved so much through the training and coaching, and I realised I wasn’t the worst player in the age group. I wouldn’t say I was ever the Danny Welbeck of the age group, but I was good enough.”

    “I took it year-by-year, so when I was 13 I never thought I was going to be a professional, I never looked too far ahead at that age, it was more about enjoying playing. There was a small part of me which thought it would be cool to be a professional footballer but it was so remote at that point and the players are so much better. You look at the Under-18s when you’re 13 and it seems so far off. Then you go up and up and up, then suddenly you’re an Under-18s player. Once I got to Under-18s and start doing it more full-time, that’s when I started to think more realistically about it [playing in the 1st team].”
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