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Introducing Jamie Sharman

27 October 2017

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Newly converted centre half Jamie Sharman has revealed that confidence is running high throughout the youth team and is taking all the guidance he possibly can from new coach Miguel Llera.

Llera's team are currently on a great run of form having won their previous three outings including one against tomorrow’s opponents Oldham Athletic and Sharman used that as an opportunity to praise the attitude of his team mates going into their match with the Latics at St George’ Park Sheffield Graves tomorrow (12pm).

He said: "Confidence is high and there's a spirit as well from winning games. Hopefully we can keep that going.

"It's going to be a difficult game, but I think as long as we're all on it we can get a good result like we did last time."

A big part of those three wins are down to Llera, a figure that Sharman has been impressed with.

"He pumps us up before games and that's made us more of a team. He's given us a bit more togetherness as well.

"At the start I found it a bit difficult but I'm starting to get used to it now and he's helping me a lot. He drives you more and makes you push harder, both as an individual and as a team. It makes you want to work for each other as well in games, which is why I think we're getting good results," Sharman explained.

It's now been two weeks since their last game, but Sharman insists that won't disrupt their rhythm. "We've been training well this week and we're seeing that good spirit there as well. We should be okay for the game tomorrow," he commented.

Sharman has now been with the club for a year and arrived after impressing in a Sunday league game. "I played a game for Dronfield and there was a scout there and then I came and played a trial game. I had a good game there and they asked me to come back and train.

"When I first started I was a bit nervous to see what it would be like but the second years helped me settle in," he recalled.

The 16-year-old used to be a midfielder, but is now busy adapting to his new role as a centre back. "It was a game last season against Stoke City - I had to play at centre back because we were a bit short on numbers and I had a good game.

"I know I need to learn more, but I think overall that's my better position. I feel more comfortable at centre back because it's my type of game," Sharman admitted.

The defender says that a lot of his key attributes and the ability for him to play both in midfield and defence come from playing for Dronfield. He said: "Because I played Sunday league for a long time a lot of my game is battling. I'm a centre back so it was battling with their strikers and winning headers, but I know I've got to improve on the other side of my game as well."

A local lad, Sharman has grown up watching Chesterfield and one day hopes of achieving first team football at the club. "I've had a season ticket for the last three or four years. It would mean a lot [to get first team football]. That's what I'm driving towards. I'm just going to keep trying my hardest," he stated.

In the more immediate future however, Sharman is excited at the prospect of playing in the FA Youth Cup against Notts County next Thursday, commenting: "I'm really looking forward to it. Just playing on the first team pitch, and I assume the first team manager will be watching so hopefully it'll give me that extra boost."

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