MILES Storey is not bothered by seeing his name in headlines, as the young striker learns to deal with the local spotlight focusing on his embryonic career.
After progressing through the youth-team set-up at the County Ground, Storey broke into manager Paolo Di Canio’s matchday squads earlier this season and then burst to the forefront of Robins-related conversation with a goal at Stevenage, two strikes against Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup and an England Under 19 summons last month.
Di Canio was upset that the 18-year-old was dominating stories across the Swindon media, stressing that the “hype” would do little to help his forward’s development.
Storey recognises that he has a long way to go before he becomes the rounded footballer he craves to be, however, and he emphasised that he has no problem dealing with the limelight.
“Obviously it’s nice that people recognise you’re doing alright and you’re doing well,” he said.
“I don’t feel the pressure because I don’t feel any different to how I did two months ago when I was just involved in squads.
“I’ll just carry on playing my football and trying to improve. I don’t really mind it to be fair, I’l have a little read and some people give me a bit of stick on Twitter but you’re always going to get that.
“People are always going to try to shoot you down.
“I try to have a bit of banter with it.”
Since the clash with Villa, Di Canio has used Storey sparingly in League One, handing the youngster a combined total of just 73 minutes in the games leading up to now.
However, Storey revealed that the Italian continues to impart his advice to him in public and he is trying to use that knowledge and experience to better himself as a player.
“He’s just been saying to work hard in training and listen to his advice, which I know I’ve got to do anyway,” he said.
“I haven’t really done anything in the game yet. I’ve still got a lot to learn. There’s a lot of games to come in the season and I just want to try hard in training and improve, because there are a lot of areas I need to improve.
“The fitness that we’ve done means you do feel sharper when you’re on the pitch.
“As I’ve been involved a bit more in the last couple of games I feel I can run that extra channel or make that last run.
“My movement is getting better so I’m really looking forward to working hard and getting whatever game time I can.”