‘Shearer helped get me into football’

It is three years now since Shoretire accompanied the Academy squad as a schoolboy for a summer camp in Austria. It provided the sort of education that will prove invaluable should he be part of the senior pre-season work this time around.

However, he feels he has been able to make the leap into the first-team sessions because of the support of the coaching staff and his team-mates.

“It definitely helps you see what life is like as a professional and doing intense days of training at a young age,” he said of the Austrian experience. “I think it helps you mature quite quickly. Especially for me being one of the youngest there, learning from the older boys was good experience. The first team obviously go away for pre-season and that’s something I’ll be looking forward to, if I’m selected to go. I think I’ve got the practice in already in the young age groups and that experience so I should be ready.


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