Mons Calpe midfielder Max Cottrell chatted to Football Gibraltar about life at his new club and his thoughts going into the European U19 Qualifiers in Albania.
Mons Calpe are one of four clubs which currently hold a 100% league record, Max Cottrell has started both games and was appointed captain also. We asked the youngster how the leap from playing youth to premier has improved him as a player, “Last season I was featuring in mostly the U17 league and the Reserve league for my former club [Manchester 62] where the level of football wasn’t the highest. However, having been given the opportunity to play in the Premier Division [Mons Calpe] this year at such a young age is a privilege as it will only improve me as a player. Also playing alongside players with professional experience makes it easier for me as they continue to help and support me as much as they can in order for me to progress on and off the pitch.”
Cottrell was called-up for the Gibraltar U19 squad which start their European qualifying campaign on Thursday 6th October against Germany, followed by Republic of Ireland and Albania. When asked how he and the team feel going into tomorrow’s game, he replied. “We [Gibraltar] set off today [Wednesday 6th October] to Albania where our European Qualifiers are being hosted to play 3 strong national sides, Germany, Republic of Ireland and Albania. These 3 sides will be very difficult to beat and being the underdogs, we always make it that bit extra harder for them. However, the team is ready to give it all we have as all the hard work we have put in and the support and guidance of the coaches and technical team hopefully we can do Gibraltar proud and bring back a result.”
Over the last few months/year we have seen more and more youth players get given a chance to shine by national manager Jeff Wood, we asked how it important it is that Jeff Wood values giving youth players a chance at the highest level. “The opportunities that Jeff Wood is giving the young players is something to aspire too. It is always good to be rewarded for things that you deserve and young players like Jayce Olivero, Jamie Coombes, Mikey Yome and Anthony Hernandez who have been given the opportunity at senior level. This serves all of us [youngsters] as a form of motivation, knowing and believing that our performances and hard work can be rewarded with opportunities by Jeff Wood, such as a call up to the Gibraltar senior squad.”
Everyone at FG wishes Max Cottrell and the Gibraltar U19 squad the best of luck at the European U19 Qualifiers.