We managed to catch up with Gibraltar United’s Michael Negrette to gather his thoughts about the first part of the season.
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Gib United sit fourth in the table at the mid-season break, despite a poor run of form near the end, so we asked Negrette to give us his thoughts about the team and himself: “I think this season so far has been good in general. We had a very good start to it which was important. Towards the end it hasn’t been perfect but I think we’ve done well in general. I personally think I have not had a bad season so far but I think I can do much better and hopefully when the league starts again I can improve on my performances.”
Significant summer investment saw the Gib United team overhauled, with Negrette himself signing from St Joseph’s. We asked the Gibraltar U21 international how beneficial it is to have this competition for places: “Having strong competition for a place in the starting 11 is crucial as I personally think it helps you improve as you have to work hard week in week out. Also when having quality players it helps the team to give better performances and results which is the most important thing at the end of the day.”
As mentioned above, Gib went on a poor run of form towards the end of the first round of games, something which saw them drop from second to fourth. Negrette can see the positives of having the two month break though: “Towards the end we’ve had a bad run, I now think this break will help us to start fresh when we start the league again. I think this break will help us build up again and start the league with more hunger to end the league at a high.”
Negrette was part of the Gibraltar U21 team who got that famous win vs Macedonia earlier in the year, coming off the bench in the 1-0 victory in the Algarve. With two U21 qualifiers at the Victora Stadium next year, Negrette is clear as to his hopes for being involved once again: “It would be a great honour to represent my country once again but this time here in Gibraltar. I’m feeling very excited and motivated to play those games and hopefully we could get on a good performance like last games for our fans. After last games win I think the whole squad will be excited to play the next games too. It also shows nothing is impossible.”