Defender Reflects And Looks Forward
Young defender David Ferguson believes he'll be stronger for the experiences gained during his first five months in professional football at Blackpool.
The 20-year-old stepped out of his comfort zone when departing Sunderland's academy for Bloomfield Road, and was thrown straight into the heat of a relegation battle.
Dipped in and out of the side since January, making ten appearances in the process, Ferguson insists the difficult circumstances he joined in have already toughened his skin.
“It is a tough environment to learn in, but you've got to deal with it. You can't be looking for excuses, and that's how you become stronger mentally and physically at the end of it,” said Ferguson.
“Later in life, wherever I am, it will help having been in this kind of situation at a young age. I'll take this experience into other steps of life and it can only be good for me.
“It's dramatically different to what I was used to doing, but it's where I want to be. It's different tactically and physically, fighting for points takes you to another level.”
The left-back is one of ten contracted players for next season's League One campaign, and with peace of mind over his future he will be looking to start pre-season on the front foot.
“Over the summer I'll be preparing myself for next season constantly. I'll be coming back fit and hopefully hit the ground running.
“I know where I'm at on and off the pitch. I know the environment, it's given me more security, I know what the place is about, and the club, which is all a good thing.
“When I come back it will be all about getting my head down, I'll have nothing to worry about and it'll be all about the football,” he added.