McClafferty: “I’m very grateful for the opportunities and chances given to me by the club”

FG caught up with CD San Roque and Gibraltar youngster Paddy McClafferty to discuss his side’s season, gaining first team experience at 16 and more.

Firstly, we asked McClafferty how San Roque’s season was going: “San Roque’s season so far hasn’t gone as planned. It has had its ups and downs throughout the season but we have come up against some hard opponents as it is a tough league. We are now looking forward and advancing slowly, making our way up the table and making good progress.”

The 16-year-old has made four appearances for San Roque’s first team this season, lining up in the same team as the likes of former Europa defender Alberto Merino and former Lions attacker Juan Llaves – how grateful is he to the club for giving him these chances at such a young age? “Yes, I’m very grateful for the opportunities and chances given to me by the club as it helps me improve my standard of football massively. The faith shown in me by the club gives me a chance to prove myself to them, and demonstrate everything to my best abilities. I hope to continue representing the seniors and give it my all!”

As one of a growing number of youngsters plying their trade outside of Gib, we asked McClafferty how he would recommend playing outside of Gibraltar for those who were thinking about it: “For Gibraltarians looking to play in Spain, I would highly recommend it as it will improve your football ability and standards, as well as exposing you to great things and experiences. For me, playing in Spain nearly all my life has brought me great success so far and I can only hope to keep playing there at the highest of levels.”

Finally, we asked the 16-year-old what his goals were as a footballer? “My ambition is to play at the highest level possible in order that I am best placed to achieve success at the highest levels.”