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Florian Yonsian On Youth Team Starting Spot

5 October 2018

Second-year scholar Florian Yonsian says he will continue the hard work that has seen him gain a starting spot for the Youth Team in recent weeks.

The forward has started Dale’s last two games, scoring the first goal in Dale’s 3-0 win over Port Vale last weekend, his second of the season.

“It was a good team goal, to be honest,” said Yonsian.

“It was a good pass from Dan Adshead and I finished it off. Normally, I’m used to scoring tap-ins and stuff, but it’s good to score good goals like that as well.

“It was a good win [over Port Vale]. I feel we could have scored more goals as well with the way we played and the way we created chances.”

Yonsian knows that the strong competition for places means he has to work hard to make appearances, something he wants more of.

“Hopefully, I can keep on getting appearances and scoring goals. The help of the coaches has made me more confident in training, and my teammates have helped me to get more goals, as well as me working hard for the team.

“I’ve had to work hard because of the players that have been in the team like Fabio [Tavares] and Musambya [Kisimba] who were scoring a lot of goals. I’ve had to impose myself to get into the team.

“It’s good [to have competition], because everyone is working hard to get in the team to try and play week in, week out, so everyone’s in form and it’s competition.”

He was part of the squad that won the EFL North West Youth Alliance League last year, alongside the likes of professionals Aaron Morley, Brad Wade and Dan Adshead.

“It was a really good experience. We had a great team. This year, we haven’t started as well, but I’m confident that we can do the same too.

“The second-years last year, the things they were doing, the way they were working, I took that as an example for this year to try and do the same and help the team.

“They [Morley, Wade, Adshead] are normal lads like me that have worked hard to get into the first team, and now they’re professionals. That’s the kind of experience I want here.”

The Youth Team face Morecambe tomorrow, at Stalybridge Celtic’s Bower Fold (11am kick-off).

“We’ve been training hard to prepare for the game. Hopefully we can continue the run and make it five.”

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