Tamworth’s latest academy graduate Lucas Yeomans says he’s up for the fight for a first team place in what he hopes will be a title-winning squad.
Yeomans has penned a deal with the Lambs for the coming season after impressing on his senior debut in December.
The 17-year-old was named in the starting line-up against Royston Town in the FA Trophy and spent most of the game marking experienced campaigner Adam Murray.
Travelling to the game, Yeomans admits he thought he might only be playing a supporting role. But he had to do a double take when the team sheets arrived, something that came as a pleasant surprise.
“It was unexpected to be in the first team so soon,” Yeomans, who joined Tamworth from Derby County, said.
“Because of the pandemic there was a chance to come into the first team and mix with them. It was a shock to be involved but I enjoyed the physicality of it. I was only 50% fit, but I think I still did alright.
“Going from academy football to men’s football is a big step. In academy football you’re drilled in technical stuff, but you’re never taught how defend a massive six-foot guy, but it was a good experience.
“At Tamworth, we’re all together. It’s competitive and you’ve got to fight to be in the team. You’ve got to be better than the other guys in your position or you don’t play – I like that, though.”
The Lambs have bolstered their defensive options this season, and Yeomans is set to be regularly involved.
And despite admitting his release from Derby County’s academy was a bitter blow, his desire to get to where he wants to be, has only grown.
“Getting released from Derby County told me that I wasn’t perfect and that I have to do more,” he said.
“When I get home, I put in the hours to make myself better and hopefully it will pay off in the future. That’s what I’ve got to do really because I’m not technically the best, but I work hard, and I’ll always give the most I can.
“I want to help the team get promoted this season, that’s the main aim. I know I’m not going to be starting every game, but I can do my best to help the team.
“It’ll be good to be around the squad and a team that hopefully gets promoted because that will be an incredible achievement.
“In training I was asking Snoop [Lathaniel Rowe-Turner] for advice on where to position myself. It’s great to have these guys around who have played in League One and League Two to lean on and learn from.”