Matty Templeton is thrilled that a loan extension will enable him to stay on the tough, physical learning phase of first team football.

The Barnsley prospect feels that his experience of the National League North at Gainsborough Trinity is doing the magic for him as a player and hints that it’s maybe more beneficial than playing Under 21s football.

It was confirmed last week that the wide player would stay with the Blues until January. He’s enjoying his playing time at the Martin and Co Arena, and getting the best out of it.

He said, “Playing games is what I wanted, I wanted to experience.”

The player asserted that there’s more of a crowd and it’s a lot more physical than 21s football. “I’m playing against players who are mostly older than me, a lot stronger and bigger.

To Templeton, game management is important; it’s all about three points unlike the under-21 football which is all about learning and developing. Templeton, who netted in the wins over Tamworth and Curzon Ashton, thanked Trinity boss Dom Roma for helping him add to his game.

“It’s been two years since I played at wing-back. Dom has taught me how to get on the ball, the type of passes to make from that position,” he said.

Templeton’s ambition is still to succeed at his parent club, but having found himself with a Championship side after their promotion last season, he was confronted with two options. He further asserted that since Barnsley got promoted, it’s been harder for younger lads to get involved. He is certain that he had made the right choice; he opined that going on loan helps a young player to get used to the physical part games.


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