Reece McGinley talks to www.themillers.co.uk...
Newly-signed first team professional Reece McGinley says the opportunity to ply his trade in a number of different environments has been an essential component in ensuring he was able to graduate from the club’s youth setup.
The promising youngster has featured in the Checkatrade Trophy, The Central League, the Youth Alliance League and for the youth sides with his native Northern Ireland this season before adding Evo Stik South Play-off chasing Frickley Athletic to his ever-growing CV recently.
McGinley was quick to point to that variety of experience upon signing a deal with the club as he told www.themillers.co.uk of his delight at the opportunity to turn professional with the Millers.
“I'm very happy. The club has allowed me to get loads of different experiences, playing in the reserves, the under 18s and then more recently going out on loan playing men's football,” he explained.
“They've allowed me to develop the way that I have and I'm delighted to sign a contract.
“It's been good experience being in and around the first team and the Checkatrade game was a great to be involved in.
“Being out on loan playing men's football has been another step-up, so all-round this year has been good.”
The 18-year-old has played a pivotal role in Frickley’s rise up the table to become Play-off contenders in the Evo Stik South, impressing manager Spencer Fearn in the process, but he is keen to ensure that he continues to remain in the thoughts of the first team staff with his parent club whenever the opportunity presents itself.
“It's very different. In terms of the crowd, they're very passionate about each game so it's a different environment but it's good because playing in front of a crowd is what I'm aspiring to get to,” McGinley explained.
“It's been a case of when the first team staff have been at games, I've had to try and impress them. Playing with and against pros in the reserves has been really good for me too.
“It all starts now. Hopefully I can push on from here and try and make a name for myself and get into the team.”