White: “It’s a big learning curve”

Hear the thoughts of the Academy prospect following his maiden first team start…

Following his maiden first team start for Harriers, Academy prospect Jaiden White described the experience as a “big learning curve”.

The young attacker made his previously made three substitute appearances in red and white this season following his debut against Spennymoor Town in January.

However, against Guiseley on 27th April, the former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Coventry City youngster was amongst the starting eleven aged just 17 years and 25 days.

White showed plenty of flashes of skill before being substituted after 68 minutes, being voted as man of the match by you, the Harriers fans, across social media.

He joined our Academy programme at the start of the season after choosing Harriers as his pathway to professional football, and has impressed through a series of performances in the National League U19s Alliance; FA Youth Cup and ECFA Premier Cup, earning him extensive opportunities to train and, more recently, play with the first team.

Following the match, White was happy to have made his debut but was overall disappointed with the team’s result.

“It’s a good experience and a big learning curve for myself,” said White.

“I think, as a team, we could have probably worked a bit harder and had a bit more desire but hopefully next season we can dig in and hopefully get promoted.

“…It’s a good experience and a big learning curve for myself…” Jaiden White

“Being able to train with the first team this season has developed me as a player a lot, and playing adult football now has made me a better player.

“It’s been an up and down season but it’s made me the player that I am today, and hopefully I can benefit the club in the future.

“Hopefully I can push through pre-season and get some more minutes next season”.

While the season has now ended for the first team, the season hasn’t ended for White – he and his Academy team mates face SGS Wise in the final of the ECFA Premier Cup on Wednesday 1st May.

The match taking place at the Bescot Stadium, home of Walsall, gives our Academy the opportunity to pick up some silverware.

“It’s a big cup final for myself as we had a disappointing season – not winning the league, but hopefully we can win the cup on Wednesday,” said White.

Follow the Academy Twitter and head to the Academy section of our website learn more about upcoming Academy trials taking place of 28th May; upcoming matches including full match updates of the ECFA Premier Cup final, Academy news and much more!

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