City's Cian Harries is relishing the opportunity to play against a talented side on Saturday after a tough week of training in Austria...
19-year old Cian Harries made his senior debut back in May 2016 against Oldham, delivering an accomplished performance and claiming a clean sheet to match.
The defender spent the majority of last season in the U-21s setup, interspersed with a short loan spell at National League side Cheltenham Town. Harries believes he is now ready to take his first step in to senior football, with the welshman hoping to make his first starting appearance in a City shirt against Sturm Graz tomorrow.
He said: “I was chuffed to make my debut against Oldham and I didn’t really want the season to end there, I could have done with two or three more games. You get a taste for it. I was grateful to the Gaffer for the opportunity and proud to make my senior debut.
“I spoke to the Gaffer at the end of last season and he wants me to kick on from now. I need to come back ready to give him food for thought going in to this year.
“I still need to work on my physicality and winning balls in the air, I need to make sure the opposition view me as a dominant centre-half and I am able to stand up to the challenge.”
Speaking about the demands of pre-season and the upcoming friendly fixture on Saturday, Cian added: “It’s been quite tough, although there has been a lot of ball related work which takes your mind off the running. You are focussed on playing with the ball, rather than running from line to line.
"The boys have enjoyed it, the change of scenery and being away from the training ground as well. The climate is different, it’s nice to be in the sun.
“Looking forward to tomorrow and getting back in to competitive situations. We all had 45-minutes at Nuneaton but the game flashes by with just one half. It’s almost like a training game with the amount of time you get on the pitch.
“The team tomorrow have played in the Champions League and it’ll be a good test. The boys have had a tough week here and finishing with a challenging game will round it off nicely.”