Adamson Ready For 'Big' Season
Ben Adamson is targeting a big season with the Under-18s as he looks to make his mark in black and amber in 2018/19.
The centre-back endured a frustrating campaign last term due to a fractured knee, which resulted in the centre-back missing more than half of the youth team's 2017/18 fixtures.
However, now back to full fitness with a full pre-season campaign behind him, second-year scholar Adamson is eager to kick on with his development.
"It's a big season for me coming back from what was a long-term injury," he said.
"I suffered a fracture in the bone between my shin and my knee and that caused me to miss more than half of the previous campaign, which was a very difficult time.
"It was difficult to see the lads in training and playing games and not being involved myself. I can't stress how tough that was because you watch them and you just want to get involved.
"And then when I did come back in January, it felt as though I was playing catch up because of everything I'd missed.
"But that's in the past now and my only focus is on pushing on and progressing during the second year of my scholarship.
"It's been hugely beneficial to get a full pre-season under my belt and get some minutes out on the pitch ahead of the competitive action getting underway.
"I did a lot of work in the close season as well to make sure I came back for pre-season in the best possible shape. I feel good right now and since the injury, this is the strongest I've felt."
Adamson and his team-mates host Coventry City in their Professional Development League opener at Bishop Burton College on Saturday, and the youngster is targeting a positive start to the new campaign for the young Tigers.
"It's the first test for us and we want to come away with all three points," he added.
"We know it will be a tough test against Coventry because we're a young side this season but we're ready for the challenges that lie ahead.
"Reflecting on last season, we know that we conceded too many goals as a team and that is something we have to improve this term.
"Last season was still one of progression for the Under-18s, but we want to aim high and look to have a decent campaign. We want to build on the pitch and strive to be the best we can possibly be.
"The aim has to be to reach the play-offs, but no-one is getting carried away. We'll take it one game at a time and our only focus is on getting a positive result on Saturday."