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Dylan Elliott interview

Q1. Can you tell us a bit about your career so far? I joined Glentoran at the age of 11 from Bloomfield and have been in the academy ever since. I was apart of the under 16s side who won the Lisburn league and league cup under Billy Moore which was probably the best season I’ve had with Glentoran. Q2. What made you want to play for Glentoran? As my whole family support Glentoran and being from East Belfast I was going to the 1st team games regularly from a young age and always thought about playing for them one day. So once I had the opportunity to join the academy I didn’t need anytime to consider it. Seeing them also win so many trophies made it even more exciting to be joining the academy of a club who has achieved so much. Q3. Whereabouts on the pitch is your best position? My best positions would definitely be LB/LM. Q4. Who has been the biggest influence on your career? The most obvious person would be my dad as he has supported me and pushed me to keep progressing in football. He has also stuck up with travelling me all over the place for matches for all these years. Q5. Is there one player in the first team that you would aspire to be in the future? Elliot Morris, I would love to have the same reputation he has at this club one day. Q6. Outside of football what are your main hobbies? I currently go to university so that takes up most of my time but besides that I go to the gym and always playing fifa every chance I get. Q7. Who would you say is the best footballer you have played with and against? Jordan Stewart, I played a game against him when he was playing for Crusaders in which he scored a goal and took his top off celebrating. My whole team then went on to try and hack him at every chance we got but couldn’t get anywhere near him. Funny thing was he then joined my team a few months later and he was now my team mate. Q8. Outside of local football is there one player you base your game on? Patrice Evra is a player who I have always admired and I try to base my game around him. I also look up to Gary Neville as he was a brilliant leader... read more

Matthew Boyd interview

With the generous help of the Reserve team management we have managed to catch up with one of the new signings made by the Reserves Matt Boyd.Firstly let me welcome Matt to the club and express our hopes that he can break into the first team in his time with us and secondly I want to thank him for agreeing to do this interview.So here it is. Q1. Can you tell us a bit about your career so far and how you came to sign for Glentoran? I had played most of my footballing career in Canada as I moved when I was 11 years old. Over there I was involved with team Ontario which was the province I lived in (Provincial team) as well as playing for a club team just outside Toronto. How I came to sign for Glentoran was probably the time my family and I came back to Belfast for christmas holidays and i remember my dad and I went to the classic Glens vs Linfield match on boxing day at The Oval.From then I had fallen for East Belfast and Glentoran and from that day I said to myself it would be amazing to be playing for this club some day, with such passionate fans and club, it was definitely the right club. Q2. Being from Canada many people wouldn’t think football is the top choice for sporting endeavours can you give us a bit of insight into what made you fall in love with the game? As long as I remember I loved football. I am originally from the UK and started playing when I was 6 then continued my career when I moved to Canada in 2005. I went to my first professional match at Old Trafford when I was 7 and from that day I knew I wanted to be a footballer. When I was younger you couldn’t catch me without a football at my feet, I loved to play and loved to watch matches with my dad. I’ve seen football in Canada progress over the years and it is definitely growing more and more. Q3. We have seen a couple of Canadians get regular football in other parts of the UK did that make the game grow in Canada? Football is the most popular sport in the world played in every country and the popularity in North America which includes United States and Canada is growing all the time. I... read more

Dean Spence Interview

Q1.How have you found the season so far? After missing a lot of preseason friendlies with the reserves due to an ankle injury, I believe that I have now came into form by scoring 3 goals so far this season. I believe that playing for the reserves has really increased my confidence and developed my game and fitness. Q2.Can you tell us a bit about your career to date? Up to date, I feel very privileged to have played in various tournaments around the world and also here in Northern Ireland. I have had a very exciting career up to now playing for Linfield, Cliftonville and also being part of the county Antrim development squad. At the age of 15, I was proud to have played in and won the junior shield final, making me the youngest player to have ever achieved this. Q3.What would you say is your best position? My strongest position would be RB/RWB Q4.What is the strongest part of your game? I believe as a player, I have grew many strengths both technical and physical with an eye for goal. Q5.Outside of football what other activities would you take part in? I like spending time with my family and socialising with friends. Q6.The Irish League is full of players that have had uncles or fathers play for teams what about your family have they had any history with the league? My uncle Derek spence spent some time playing Irish League at Lisburn Distillery. Apart from that, most of my family played amateur league level. Q7.Who would you model your game on the most? I try to be myself on the pitch but players who do inspire me would be Dani Alves and Jamie Carragher. Q8.Who would be the best player you have played against? t U13 level, I had the opportunity to play against Liverpool’s up and coming star Jordan Rossiter. Since then I have had the chance to take part in some coaching sessions alongside Tom Huddelstone, Liam Rossenior, Teddy Sheringham and our very own Pat McCourt. Q9.Have you noticed any difference in training levels since you moved up to the reserve squad? I believe that the reserves training is a lot more intense and a lot more competitive. Q10.What are your hopes for the next couple of years? My hopes are to represent the first team and to be a vital member of the... read more

Adam Calvert Interview

Q1.How have you found the season so far? It has been a tough season, with a lot of ups and downs, but hopefully we can hit good form going into a busy Christmas time and into the new year. Q2.Can you tell us a bit about your career to date? I started if playing for Ridgeway Rovers when I was 6 and played there for 10 years before moving to Linfield for a year and a half, then I move to the glens last Christmas. Q3.What would you say is your best position? I would say my best position would be between left-back and defensive midfield, but I’m also comfortable in centre back Q4.What is the strongest part of your game? I think defending would be the strongest part of my game, followed by passing. Q5.Outside of football what other activities would you take part in? I spend a lot of my time at church and organisations to do with church. Q6.The Irish League is full of players that have had uncles or fathers play for teams what about your family have they had any history with the league? My uncle, Philip Mitchell, previously played for various irish league teams, including the Glens. Q7.Who would you model your game on the most I think I would be quite a similar player to Philip Lahm as I play quite like him and also play the same positions as him. Q8.Who would be the best player you have played against? A young right winger who I played against in the milk cup, he played for Watford. He was very skilful and fast, so he was difficult to play against. Q9.Have you noticed any difference in training levels since you moved up to the reserve squad? I have noticed the standard of the training is a lot higher and much more intense, but I feel I’ve become fitter and became a better player. Q10.What are your hopes for the next couple of years? I hope that I will be able knock on the door of the first team and them have a position nailed down on the team soon after. I know it will be hard work to get there but I’m prepared to put in the effort to achieve... read more

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