Former Yeovil Town attacking midfielder Lawson D'Ath has said that his experience at Huish Park has given him something different as he attempts to force his way into Reading's first team this season. The Royals have just gained promotion to the Premier League and the 19 year old is waiting to see if he will be part of a pre-season squad that will head out to Portugal next week.
D'Ath arrived at Huish Park in mid-February as one of a number of signings made by Gary Johnson, upon his return to the Glovers. The Oxford born player went on to make 14 appearances, scoring one goal as part of a three month loan spell, and told the Reading Post that playing for a club battling against relegation meant that at times he was playing a very different game:
"I learned so much at Yeovil. The whole experience was great. Yeovil arenít the best team in League One and it was very different to what I was used to. In my youth team we always used to control games and it was good to experience being under pressure in a league game. It was good to play out wide as well and learn a new position."
Since returning to the Madejski Stadium, D'Ath has had his traditional summer break, and he reveals that he has been putting that time to good use, pointing out that despite his age he has one eye on the future:
"I went on holiday to America and did a bit of coaching out there with some kids who were aged nine to 14. I thought it would be a good experience and itís probably something I will look to do every year. When it comes to the end of my career then I might look to do some coaching - itís not too early to start planning."
At the end of last season, both Johnson and D'Ath gave hints that they would be happy enough to take out another loan deal if the opportunity arose. He added that he would be prepared to go wherever he could get regular football, but admitted he had one eye on making his Premier League debut in some shape or form:
"I would go out on loan again, the most important thing for me and Reading is to be playing football. The lads did terrific last year to win the league and I wouldnít mind sneaking my way into the team this year, but we will have to see. Itís every boyís dream growing up to play in the Premier League. It would be unbelievable if I could manage an appearance at some stage."
Link: Lawson D'Ath : Yeovil Town Statistics.
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