Chester FC defender Harrison Burke has been speaking ahead of Saturday’s edition of The Cestrian Programme.
Burke was eager to focus on the positives from our opening day draw at Alfreton Town. Backed by a sizeable away following, the Blues raced into a two-goal lead, but had to settle for a point.
Harrison said: “There were loads of positives to take from the game.
“The fans were amazing. I think we would have taken a point before the game, but afterwards it felt like a loss because of the manner of the late equaliser.
“We defended really well as a unit. We dealt with the second half well up until injury time which is frustrating.
“It could prove to be a good point depending on what happens in these two upcoming home games.”
Harrison’s rise last season was meteoric.
Starting the season on loan at Clitheroe, he ended the campaign being one of the first names on the teamsheet.
In that time he racked up a number of Man of the Match performances, and even bagged the Goal of the Season award for 2021/22.
Now into his first full season as a key part of the side, the centre back is delighted to be working under Manager Calum McIntyre.
“I knew the standard before he came in,” said Burke.
“He brings enthusiasm. This club means a lot to him and it shows. All the lads have bought into what he’s doing.
“Morning training has helped move us on, it feels really professional.
“Obviously we have food afterwards too and we have things in the background like Tom King (Strength and Conditioning Coach) who is a European Champion with Liverpool.
“We’re in a really good place.”
The teenagers’ progression is perhaps underlined by being named as a part of the ‘leadership group’ for 2022/23.
Harrison continued: “I was Captain of the Youth Team and I loved it. I loved the challenge and setting standards – that’s me.
“To be picked out and speak for the younger lads, I really appreciate that responsibility.
“It shows the Gaffer trusts me with what I say and my words are important words.
“I don’t feel like a young player anymore. I want to be in the team, I want to be seen as a first team player – not a young prospect.”
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