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Jebson-King praises Academy setup

6th February 2020

Academy prospect Charlie Jebson-King has paid tribute to City’s academy setup after breaking into the York City first team picture.

Having made his way through from the younger age groups, Charlie has made excellent progress with City’s Academy; becoming a regular member of the North Riding Senior Cup side.

He was also rewarded for his recent impressive performances with his first professional contract at the start of the current season.

Speaking to the versatile youngster, Charlie was keen to pay credit to the Academy staff who have helped develop him into the player he is today.

“York is always looking at improving the technical side of the game as well as the mental side, especially with coming through the academy” said Jebson-King.

“You are speaking to the coaches all the time, who are hoping to improve you.”

“They are always there supporting you and I have come on leaps and bounds since I have been at the club.”

Having played the full 90 minutes against Northallerton Town in last season’s competition, Jebson-King has flourished alongside the first team regulars this season.

Having featured in the recent penalty shootout win over Whitby Town in the last round, Charlie was quick to point out how much of a challenge the step up in level has been.

“When you are with the youth team, you have a little bit more time but with the first team, they are on you in a second,” explained Jebson-King.

“It improves your game awareness, especially playing with men as well as they are going to ask more from you which has helped me as a player.

“They are pushing me all the time to be the best player that I can be.”

With the Minstermen gunning for promotion this season, Jebson-King has been featured amongst Steve Watson’s substitutes, with the youngster coming on against Irlam in the FA Cup.

But speaking after York City Academy’s 2-0 home win over Boston United on Wednesday, Jebson-King said: “My personal targets are to be the best player I can be and help get this club promoted, even if I don’t play.

“I want to stay here and keep improving all the time and hopefully help get the club back to where it wants to be.”

 

 

Article by Ed Painter.

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