FG caught up with Las Palmas C & Gibraltar U21 international goalkeeper Jaylan Hankins to get his thoughts on life at his new club, how he has adapted to life in a new city and more.
After joining Las Palmas last summer – we asked Jaylan how he is getting on at his new club, “Life in Las Palmas at the moment is going great, reminds me a lot of home with the weather being warm throughout the whole year. At the beginning it’s like everything, I needed time to adapt to the changes football-wise and also being away from my family.”
Moving away from home is never easy, especially for a young person like Jaylan – we asked the 19-year old how he is has settled in, “I’ve settled in very well. I’ve made some great friends in my time here and I have no complaints in the way my teammates have treated me throughout.”
Joining a professional team like Las Palmas with a professional setup in all aspects of the club is a dream for any young footballer – we asked Jaylan if his move to the Spanish club has benefitted his game in any way, “My move to Las Palmas has made me improve drastically on my positioning and distribution of the ball. It’s something we focused on since the start of the season and it’s paying off as you’ve seen in my international games with the Gibraltar U21’s.”
Jaylan was named on the bench for Las Palmas Atletico (B team) 3-1 defeat to Real Madrid Castilla last weekend – he gave us his thoughts on how it feels to be up against the big teams in Spain, “Being in the bench for such a big game is always nerve-racking but once we went out for the warm-up, it sort of went away and I was ready for anything. The way Madrid Castilla played you could tell that these players have been brought up in a way that most teams haven’t, the fluidity of their game was way faster than any other team I’ve seen including Atletico Madrid B.”
Lastly, we asked Jaylan what his goals are for 2020 – “My goals are to improve as much as I possibly can, impress as much as I can whilst being focused on my training but my most important goal is to enjoy every day as much as I can on the pitch. I’ve been given a lifetime opportunity and it could last me only a few years if things don’t work out well or it could be my entire life if things do go well so that’s my overall goal to play at the highest level of football possible and take care of my family.”