While he recovers from injury, St Joseph’s defender Jamie Serra took the time to speak to FG about his development at Saints, the recent injury he has suffered and more.
Photo © Rough and Ready
Serra joined St Joseph’s three years ago, so we asked the defender about his experiences so far at the club: “When I first joined St Joseph’s FC in 2016 I knew it was going to be another step in my career, as I went from playing youth level to senior level. I found it hard at the beginning but slowly I started adapting. Now every year you notice how the level is always increasing in the league. The experience of going to Europa League is really good, when we played against Torshavn we were really unlucky to lose on penalties but the equaliser from Jose Luis Otero was amazing. “
The Gib U21 defender picked up his injury in a match against Boca back in December, after a run of six consecutive starts for the team currently third in the Premier Division – how is the recovery process going? “The recovery has been going really well. I have been seeing the physio at least 3 times a week so I can have the best recovery possible to get back as soon as possible, I’ve also been sent to Cadiz with one of the top physios known in Cadiz. I played a couple of games and I was getting into a good rythm but unfortunately this injury stopped me and I’ve been out for at least 6 weeks already, and I have another 3/4 weeks to go.”
Serra has seven caps at Under 21 level for Gibraltar and was part of the side who took part in the recent qualifiers – the defender speaks positively of the experience: “The u21 campaign went well. I gained a lot of experience from being the first time playing at this level. From the start until the end of the tournament we learned a lot and corrected our mistakes. The match against Austria at home we were a goal down in the first half but then in the second half you could see that their fitness levels are much higher than ours – that’s when the team suffers. The match against Macedonia, our historic win was amazing, unfortunately I was sent off and injured the game before against Armenia.”
Finally, being 20 and playing in the Premier Division will keep Serra firmly in contention for national selection in the coming years – the defender is more focused on his recovery for now: “I’m hoping to be called up for the national side team but right now I’m focusing on my recovery to get back for St Joseph’s FC and get back on the pitch stronger than before. I think the team are capable of winning the league.”