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Cockerill-Mollett on life at Telford

11 October 2018

Callum Cockerill-Mollett is enjoying his football at Telford United. The Leicester-born full-back has settled in well with the Bucks since arriving from the Saddlers on a one-month youth loan.

The 19-year-old, who signed his first professional contract with Walsall in August 2016, has expressed his delight at playing regular first-team football.

“I’m really enjoying my football here at Telford United. When I was aware they wanted to have me on loan, I jumped at the chance. I really wanted to get some games in men’s football under my belt to help me mature and develop as a player.

“I knew the standard would be beneficial to me as they are a top side in Conference North so I was really happy when the move came about. I wanted to get started straightaway.

“The gaffer was a huge influence in getting me out on loan. He [Keates] wanted to help me find the right club and the right standard of football and I feel the right choice has been made in coming to Telford United.”

The youngster has also expressed his enjoyment of adapting to life in non-league football and learning how to play in different systems.

“I am really enjoying my time at Telford. I am managing to get games under my belt which is definitely what I need to keep my fitness up and get experience of playing men’s football.

"The boys have been great with me. They’re a top group of lads and I have made a lot of new friends since being here. They have helped me adapt to non-league football.

“Of course, I know all managers have their own unique styles and preferences in terms of tactics and formations but it’s a good learning curve, as in football you have to learn how to play your position differently. It gives you a better knowledge of the game, both mentally and physically.”

The youngster is hoping his time with Telford will help him push for more opportunities with the Saddlers' first team.

“I really do hope my time out on loan will help me gain more opportunities at Walsall, especially with the first team.

"The team are doing well and everybody is giving their all to the cause. But when I do get the opportunity to play here, I will do my best to be ready and play to the best of my ability, to keep in the thoughts of the gaffer.

“Ultimately, the main aim is to be playing football and gaining as much experience as possible to help me mature and develop as a player.”


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