Wednesday 25th October 2017
Goalkeeper Kyle De Garis recently spent time at Sky Bet Championship outfit Derby County, with him describing the experience as “first-class”.
De Garis linked up with the Rams for two days of training, after impressing during his brief time at FCV so far.
“You would think they’re in the Premier League with the facilities which they have,” he exclaimed. “The boys were really nice, they welcomed me in, and gave me a helping hand. There were no big egos in the dressing room.
“Sharing facilities with the first-team players such as Richard Keogh, Scott Carson, Tom Huddlestone and Darren Bent was a big experience.
“To think about the bigger picture, they all started in a similar situation to me – it was a first-class experience.”
The standard of the work which was done, he revealed, tested him, but it’s something he feels will only enhance his game further.
“I was with the U23’s and the U18’s,” he explained. “The pace they train at and the intensity was what caught me out a little bit, because everything is done with a purpose.
“It sets me up now, and I know what I’m aiming for.”
Positives were aplenty for De Garis, who garnered encouragement from the feedback given to him by Derby, following the conclusion of his period there.
“They’ve given me a programme to do over the next six months, and they’re going to keep an eye on me as much as they can,” he revealed.
“They didn’t say I wasn’t good enough. They’ve actually given me things to go away and work on, which shows that they’re possibly still interested.
“A lot of the boys are quite big and, Derby like their big players, so they just want me to get a little bit bigger.
“If the time does maybe come again, then I can go back in, knowing what I’m going for and knowing what I’m getting into.”
He paid tribute to FCV also, as, he believes, the platform given to him by all the staff can’t be rivalled.
It’s a testament to the programme as much as his own performances in his eyes, and he explained it’s now up to him to kick on.
“I’ve only been here six or seven weeks. It shows what FCV Academy is about and, if you get your head down, where you can be in such a short amount of time.”
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