BEN Gladwin admitted his biggest challenge in 2014/15 is to produce his best on a consistent basis, as he continues his transition from non-league football to the professional game.
The youngster joined Town early last season from Southern League Division One South & West side Marlow and, despite showing glimpses of real quality during his 16 appearances last term, struggled to do so week in, week out.
However, with his first professional pre-season now under his belt, Gladwin is aiming to show his quality every time he steps onto the pitch and is keen to show he has what it takes to make a career out of the game.
“I can’t really remember much about the start of last season to be honest and I couldn’t tell you many teams that play in that league, but I’ve moved on a little bit now and I’m pleased with that,” he said.
“I think I’ve still to produce my best in games as often as I’d like to, I’ll have one good game and then a couple of average ones which I need to work on.
“Hopefully I can do that in time and I’m working on it, it’s the biggest thing for me now and that’s something I’ll try and nail this season.”
Gladwin will have to compete with the likes of Massimo Luongo, Louis Thompson, Yaser Kasim and Anton Rodgers for a place in Mark Cooper’s three-man central midfield, with the former non-league man confident of earning substantial game time.
“I’m in and around it all, I’m close I think,” he said.
“We’ll have to see how things go and how the team starts to play at the beginning of the season, but every midfielder offers a different dimension to the team, we all offer something different, so that’s good for the club.
“It might be one week we need someone who offers different ability to someone else, so it’s good to have the options.”