Winger On First-Team Football
Still revelling in the first-team environment, Henry Cameron is hoping to bottle up his emotions after breaking into Blackpool's starting eleven this season.
The winger has burst onto the scene since the turn of the year, playing ten times for the senior side after penning his first professional contract in January.
Results on the pitch have been poor, but from a personal point of view the transition between the youth team and Lee Clark's side has been a memorable one for Cameron.
“Every time I go in the dressing room and see myself starting on the board my heart starts going and I can't believe it every time,” said Cameron. “I'm having to pinch myself every single week, but it's a feeling I never want to lose.
“I've been thrown in at the deep end and it's toughened my skin. I'm having to grow up a lot quicker than I would be doing otherwise, if I was at a different club I could be 19 or 20 before I even touch a first-team ball.
“I'm learning as I go at the minute. In youth team football if you make a mistake nobody really says anything, but if you make an error at this level everyone is onto you.”
The last six months have provided a real turnaround for Cameron, who went from the brink of quiting football to playing in The Championship on a regular basis.
Now set to kick on in his first full season as a professional, the winger will reflect on a job well done, before turning his focus to the future.
“When I was in the youth team we were winning pretty much every week, so to go from that to this, I don't want to say a losing environment, but where we've not been doing well, it's hard to keep a smile on your face sometimes.
“For me personally, playing first-team football at the start of the season is something I couldn't have dreamt of, I just wish it was in better circumstances.
“It's important we have our rest though and can get away, especially after the season we've had. I'm going to enjoy myself for a bit, but towards the end of the summer I'll really kick on and get myself in shape for the new season,” he added.