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INTERVIEW: Sam McCallum Huddersfield Preview

The defender looked ahead to the trip to the John Smith's Stadium...

30 April 2021

Sam McCallum reflected on a ‘rollercoaster’ of a season, after he helped the Sky Blues secure their Championship status for next season.

The defender, who departed City to join Norwich, returned once again during the summer transfer window, agreeing to a further season on loan in Coventry.

McCallum has picked up where he had left off and helped play his role in fighting with his team-mates to remain in the Championship next season.

“It’s been a rollercoaster of a season I think from the start we were all looking forward to playing Championship football seeing what the new level was like.

“It’s a massive step up from League One. So, it was all exciting, recently it was a bit nerve wracking because we’ve had that scare of potential relegation but after the Preston game, we secured survival so we’re all happy.

“I think going into these last two games there's nothing holding us back, we’ve confirmed our survival bit I think playing the rest of the season as we have been I don’t think there will be a drop off from us players.”

The whole Sky Blues squad have shown their togetherness throughout what has been a condensed season and difficult one due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

However, despite the difficulties off the pitch, McCallum believes that togetherness has been key.

“I’ve been in football three years, but it’s definitely been the most mentally challenging season for me and all the lads to be fair.

“I think only a couple of them have played Championship football before, Matty James, Kyle McFadzean so yeah, we’ve all learned something from it and can take that away for the rest of our careers.

“I think the tempo of the game, it’s become a bit more tactical as well. Whereas in League One we were obviously dominating the league and then the pandemic hit so it didn’t end how we wanted it to, but I think had it played out we would have won the league anyway.

“This season has been a massive step-up tempo wise and we're playing against a lot higher of a standard of player.

I think we carried that over from last season it gave us a bit of momentum from winning the league and as you say this club is all about togetherness and sticking together and although there’s not a lot of staff, they all share taking turns doing the different jobs, so I think that alone shows how together we are and were all close together.

“Us players know all the staff, whereas at a lot of clubs you might not know all the staff and that’s not the case here.”


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