Catania: “We knew that this season was going to be tough”

Our next player on our weekly interviews is Manchester 62 defender Jaydan Catania – we spoke about how it feels playing in Gibraltar again and his sides season so far. 

After ending the 2015-16 in eighth with Gibraltar United following a January switch from Lions, Jaydan took a year out of football to continue his studies on becoming a school teacher. We got a lowdown on how the football side went over in the UK, “Last summer I moved to Brighton and signed for Peacehaven & Telscombe FC, a team just outside of Brighton. A very well supported team owned by its fans. Manager and players were also great. But because I lived quite far from the ground and with my studies, I didn’t play much for them and stopped playing for the first team before Christmas. I now look back with a bit of regret that I did not play more for them as I really enjoyed the matches I did play in.”

On his return, a renewal could not be met and in the summer joined Manchester 62. Regarding how the season has played out so far, Jaydan replied “Personally, it’s been nice to be back playing in Gibraltar again and getting a run of games, something which because of injuries or studies I haven’t done for a while. The table doesn’t lie though and results could have been better but we have had the winter break to regroup and look forward to more positive results in the next two rounds.” 

With nine games gone the Red Devils find themselves ninth and are the only team in the league which are yet to win a game, drawing five. We asked this was expected when he signed, We knew that this season was going to be tough but I think we have also been unlucky with some of our results. Matches against Lions and Glacis were good opportunities to take 3 points and we didn’t. We have drawn 5 games, which shows we are hard to beat, it’s trying to turn some of those draws into wins in the next two rounds.” 

Jaydan is one of few local players who have played every single minute of every game this season and is a possible contender for a spot in the International friendlies coming up in March. When asked what is next for him, he replied “I have started every game this season and have played more football this year than I have for the past two years. Hopefully I can continue to stay injury free, carrying on playing for Manchester who have given me the opportunity and confidence to prove myself again and reach our objective at the end of the season, which is to stay in the division.” 

Photo by William Gracia.

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