We caught up with 17-year old Sheigh Wilson as he reflects on his summer move to Manchester 62 and his call-up to the Gibraltar national team training squad.
Sheigh was part of the Lincoln youth system which dominated the U18 league last season but decided to leave the club last summer. We asked how he would sum up his time with the Imps, “My time at Lincoln has been memorable. I started playing for the club at a very young age and it’s where I developed my skills as a player.”
After suffering relegation last season, Manchester 62 made some big changes in the summer and one of the players signed was Sheigh. Moving away from Lincoln is a rarity nowadays so we asked him why he decided to join the Red Devils, “I recently moved to Man62 for mainly one reason – playing time. I felt that in doing so I could excel my skills in a match environment for a longer duration of the match and develop as a player, which has worked in my favour.”
Gibraltar national team head coach Julio Ribas recently named 31-players for training and the 17-year old made the list for a second straight time. Sheigh on how it felt being selected, “I feel very honoured in being selected a second time to train with the Senior National Team and that my dedication to the sport is not going unrecognised.”
It was always going to be a big jump from youth to seniors but one which will be a huge learning curve and a great experience. Here’s what he said when asked how training has been going, “Training with the Seniors has been a good experience as I’ve got a first-hand feel for what professional football is all about and also the intensity has made me develop and express myself as a player and pushed me to work harder each session.”
Lastly, when asked about what his future goals – Sheigh replied “My goals for the future would be to continue playing football during university and hopefully have a chance to play for Gibraltar in the future.”
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