Valery: Hitting the next level

By SFC Media time Fri 10 Aug Saints v Middlesbrough
Photo by James Bridle | Yan Valery

It was a pre-season to treasure for young Yan Valery, having spent part of the summer training with the club's first team, and the 19-year-old is keen to put his experiences to good use as he tries to catch the eye of the manager this term.

The full-back visited China as part of Mark Hughes's 30-man squad, but, remaining grounded, is keen to continue earning his stripes with regular game time for Saints' Under-23s.

The teenager, also a French youth international, is hoping a series of consistent performances under Radhi Jaïdi may just be enough to earn a first team call-up - but for now, is happy focussing on tonight's PL2 clash with Middlesbrough.

"We've had a good pre-season," the Frenchman began. "I went with the first team to China, where I learnt a lot from the senior players.

"When I came back with the 23s I've tried to apply what I've learnt this summer.

Yan Valery during day 4 of Southampton FC's pre-season tour of China, at the Kunshan training facility, Kunshan, Shanghai, China, 4th July 2018
Yan Valery training in China with the club's first team

"I played 45 minutes against Schalke in China, it was a great experience. Now I'm trying to focus my attention on the 23s and take my opportunities with the first team when I can.

"I need to continue working hard and hopefully I get a chance. I have to firstly show in training that I'm worthy of a place.

"I can't wait for the first game of the U23s season. We have a good group, everyone's happy, confident, and we've won most of our pre-season games.

"I want to show to the manager that he can trust me, of course. If you train hard, work hard, you play good. I have to remain patient."


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