Front-man in good company...
SADDLERS' striker, Will Grigg is delighted to finally get back into the swing of things in League One after an exciting summer which saw him gain his first senior cap at international level.
The Northern Ireland man has been in and around the Irish youth set-up since Under-19 level and was handed his senior debut back in June against World Cup runners-up, Holland.
Despite losing the friendly fixture 6-0, the 21-year old recaps how memorable the experience of playing against the likes of Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder was for his development.
“It was amazing to be called up and it’s such a privilege to play for my country,” he said. “As most teams do, we didn't see much of the ball against Holland. That definitely taught me to work harder and be more protective of the ball in order to keep possession.”
The Solihull-born striker went on to add. “It’s brilliant, even picking on things in training with the likes of Chris Brunt (WBA) and Steve Davis (Southampton) who are experienced at the top level.
“I've learned a lot to bring back here.”
Grigg’s impressive attitude has resulted in him starting the opening three games so far, finding himself in a more unusual surrounding as the lone striker.
“Everyone sees the front man being big and tough and well over six foot tall," he went on. "I'm trying to make runs to pull defenders away so we can get in behind and I think it’s been effective.
“I'm enjoying the role; it’s hard work but it allows the likes of Flo [Cuvelier] and Ash [Hemmings] to break quickly and get in behind defenders and I think it’s working okay so far.
“Last year we had problems keeping the ball, but this year we look more fluent and that will be a big thing for us this season.”