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Dobson's role a boost for Blues kids
RICHARD Dobson’s appointment as Gary Waddock’s assistant is a big boost for Wanderers’ young players, believes Jesse Kewley-Graham.
Several youngsters have progressed into the first team set-up at Adams Park since Dobson was promoted to the assistant manager’s role in the wake of Martin Kuhl’s departure from the club just over a year ago.
Kewley-Graham believes Dobson’s presence in the dugout alongside Waddock is a key reason behind so many of the club’s former youth team players taking such a big part in Blues’ first two pre-season friendlies.
He said: “What’s helped is Richard Dobson. He was the youth team manager when I was a scholar at Wycombe. He’s helped to bring young players in. It’s a really good bonus for us young players. The gaffer’s done really well with us, he’s monitored us really well during the season.
“It’s good the gaffer trusts young players like myself, Anthony Stewart, Charles Dunne and Josh Scowen. Hopefully I can keep pushing on and getting games under my belt before the first game of the season.
“I work hard, I like to get on the ball. I’ve got a good passing range about me and I’ve got a lot of energy I can bring to the table. Hopefully during the season the fans can see what I’m about.”
Kewley-Graham has his sights set on making ten first team appearances in the coming season, and even forcing his way ahead of established regulars such as Matt Bloomfield and Stuart Lewis and new signing Matt Spring in having a starting role.
He said: “Me and the gaffer had a talk when I got my contract last year. I want to get involved more this season. My aim is to get ten appearances. That’s a stepping stone. If I get that, hopefully I can push on more and get a few starts. You never know what could happen in League Two football, there could be a couple of injuries.”
The teenager had a loan spell at Saturday’s opponents Staines Town last season and he believes that experience will stand him in good stead if he is to meet his pre-season target.
He said: “Staines was a great club for me. I had a couple of good games and the fans took to me really well. Hopefully this Saturday I can prove to the gaffer why I want to be starting at Wycombe Wanderers in League Two.
“A couple of boys I know are still down there. It’ll be a good test. They’re a good side. They’ve got a new manager and I think they are more of a passing team now.”
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