The future's orange

“I think I am now the third oldest player in the team!” he joked with The Courier. “Seriously, I look forward to helping the younger players if I can.

“I know I am only 28 but it will bring a new element to my game.

“I think it is going to help me if I am asked to help these young boys.

“I don’t imagine it will quite involve teaching them but I will be happy to point things out to them, using the experience I have gained over the years.

“What will become clear next season is that we have just scraped the surface as far as the pool of young player we ahev at the club.

“These are exciting times when you look at the production line of talent at this club. So long may it continue.

“Hopefully these boys can take their chance, progress and play well week in, week out.

“The ultimate thing is for them to do well and hopefully move onto the next stage.”