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Haase looking to push on after senior debut

By Bradley Saxton | 2nd November 2021

York City Youth Team captain Jonny Haase wants to push on and show that he can be a “real threat” in the first team after making his professional debut for the Minstermen a couple of weeks ago.

The 18-year-old left back from Knaresborough, recently came off the bench for the first team during the Minstermen’s 3-1 win over Southport in the National League North.

He has also been a regular in Tim Ryan’s U19 side, who recently came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against Solihull Moors to remain unbeaten in the National League Alliance U19 Academy North.

Speaking after the full-time whistle at Wigginton Road, Haase spoke about his delight of making his debut for the first team and what he would like to show the fans going forward in his performances.

“Honestly, it was such a great feeling to make my debut at home, it’s a shame that my family weren’t there, but when I went on the pitch I felt at ease and very comfortable,” said Haase.

“I was so nervous when the gaffer told me to go warm up but coming on it was a such an unreal experience.

“Seeing the fans and all the praise afterwards, it was honestly unbelievable. It’s just an incentive for me now to kick on and push on further.

“I found out about an hour before kick off in the changing room that I was going to be included on the bench, where I honestly expected nothing more with me being a young lad on the bench, but with five minutes to go I had the gaffer telling me to go warm up as I was coming on for the last few minutes.

“Steve (Watson) told me to go and enjoy it and that I had deserved this opportunity before he shook my hand.”

The injuries to both Scott Barrow and Sean Newton had opened up a vacancy for a left back for the Minstermen, which has seen players Paddy McLaughlin and Michael Duckworth take up that role so far this season and Haase knows he needs to keep on working hard to try and be given more opportunities within the first team.

He added: “Having that vacancy for the left-back spot has definitely created an opportunity for myself, but I also need to understand that I am still young and I’m learning.

“I have all the time in the world to learn, I’m still only 18 but Scotty (Barrow) and Sean (Newton) have been great with me in helping me learn that left-sided position.

“With Newts being captain and me being captain of the youth team, it’s good to learn off someone like him. I like to see what he does in first team games and then bring it here into my games for the U19s. He’s someone really good to look up to and a brilliant leader.

“As long as I’m learning then I’m not too stressed about game time, but more chances will come for me if I keep on working hard.”

The goal for Haase now is to push on and carrying on showing people what he can do, as well as working on the basics which he knows will help improve himself as a footballer.

“As long as I’m learning off Tim (Ryan) and kicking on, like taking up the little details of when to go and stay or things like defending or certain deliveries, then I feel like I’m able to carry on kicking on.

“Even with the first team, as long as I keep training with them, it will help me continue to work on my speed of thought and the speed of the game.

“I just want to push on now for more game time with the first team, hopefully retain another year on my contract when I can go out there and prove to people that I can be a real threat.”

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