Billy Hasler-Cregg says the opportunity to train with the first team last season has played a big in his development towards becoming a first year professional.
The 18-year-old, who was one of three Academy Graduates offered a professional contract this summer, spent the majority of the 2014-15 season training with Keith Hill’s side, while being named as substitute on two occasions.
After putting pen to paper on his contract this week, Hasler-Cregg reckons the experience will stand him in good stead.
“It feels as though I’ve worked really hard over the last couple of years to get what I wanted, so I was really pleased to get offered my first professional contract and then sign it.
“The coaching staff have been great with me and I know that I have improved a lot over the last couple of years. I’ve really enjoyed being involved with the first team and getting the experience.
“Being involved with the pros has helped me out a lot and they have given me advice throughout the season. They demand a lot from you - they expect you to train the same way that they do and have the same attitude, but they’ll always help you if there’s something that you’re struggling with. They’ve given me advice on how to be better and what the Gaffer wants, so I definitely feel that has helped me achieve what I wanted, which was the offer of a professional contract.”
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