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INTERVIEW: Richard Stevens On Jack Burroughs' Call-Up

The midfielder has been called-up to the Scotland Under-19 side...

29 January 2019

Earlier today it was announced that Sky Blues midfielder, Jack Burroughs had earned his first call-up to the Scotland national side.

Jack will be in the squad to represent the under-19s in February for the friendly fixtures against Spain and Azerbaijan.

The midfielder has been with the Sky Blue since he was seven years-old and is now enjoying a successful season for club and now country.

Sky Blues Academy Manager, Richard Stevens is delighted to hear the news of Jack’s call-up, having watched him develop since he joined the club.

He said: “Jack’s been at the football club from the age of six or seven.

“He was one of the early boys when I came in and he’s always been a high achiever through the academy years.

“He has played as a central midfielder, attacking midfielder, wide midfield, he has had a lot of experience in the academy across the pitch.

“The game now at the top level it is a lot more versatile and lot more flexible, there is a lot less fixed positioning.

“Players have to be flexible in positioning and across the pitch in and out of possession which Jack has shown he can do that over the years.”

The midfielder will now move away from the Coventry set-up for his time with Scotland side, for the first time in his career.

Jack will get the opportunity to work alongside the Scotland coaches and play alongside the rest of the squad and Stevens believes it will be a good learning curve for the midfielder.

“Jack has been at Coventry for twelve years, so he is going to have to walk into a changing room of 20 people that he doesn’t know.

“It is a good test of his character and a social test for him and he has got to show all his good characteristics when he trains.

“I’m sure when the Scottish coaches see him, they will be impressed with work ethic and commitment and he won’t be out of place and he has certainly earned it.

“Every type of experience you can in football is a good one, international football will challenge him, it is different to 23s football and 18s football.

“If you look and the diversity of the games, with Azerbaijan and Spain, you can imagine they are going to be completely different in style with strengths and weaknesses.

“Being around a group of international footballers, some will have been in there for two or three years.

“It will be a really good experience for him, and he will come back a better person no matter what happens over there.”

This year has been an eventful season for the youngster, having made his first-team debut and also earning his first professional contract.

Rich believes Jack is earning the recognition he deserves for all the hard work he has put in since he began.

“It has been a good year and it is not one that I’m surprised by.

“From the day he has walked in, he has been someone who has taken control of his own development.

“He has worked and been committed, he has lived the life of an academy footballer, he has done everything exactly how you want it to be done and it has proven when you do that and have the ability, rewards do come.”


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