Former Yeovil Town loan midfielder Jared Bird has given his views on his spell at Huish Park that completed just under a month ago. The 20 year old made 16 appearances for the club during a half-season loan spell, that included nine starts in League Two. He has now returned to his parent club Barnsley, and has had time to reflect on what was his first spell away from Oakwell since turning professional.
Bird highlighted the cup matches against Manchester United and Shrewsbury Town as being key to his learning curve, and also felt that the style of play in the League Two matches was significantly different. He told Barnsley's club website that he thought the overall experience was a good one for him:
"I thought it went really well - I went there to play games and get valuable experience, and I think that's what I did. I think I learnt a lot. I played in some big games like against Manchester United and Shrewsbury, and even in the league games I learnt a lot because the players in that league have been playing football for a long time now. There's some really experienced players in that league. So learning from them and playing against them was really good. It was a lot different physicality-wise; there's a lot of experienced pros in that league and they can throw their weight about. You just have to get used to that; you have to be clever, you have to use your body well and work around that really."
Bird was part of Yeovil Town's side that finished 19th in League Two, enduring a sticky end to the season that yielded just two wins and ten points from their final 14 matches, including a winless run over their final eight matches that gave them three points. One of those singular points came in the home draw against Forest Green Rovers that gave them their mathematical survival. Bird said that it was a relief to get over the line:
"It was a really good experience that we managed to get out of it with a point against Forest Green - it was a relief and a great feeling when that happened. Yeovil were down there near the relegation zone for a little bit of the season and we had to pull ourselves out of that, and it just showed that we needed a good team morale. I think if you've got a good team morale then you're going to have a successful season and escape relegation like Yeovil did when I was there."
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