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"It's a really amazing feeling!"

Danny Loader on his Championship debut

25 November 2018

Teenage striker, Danny Loader described the 'amazing feeling' of coming off the bench to make his Sky Bet Championship debut at the weekend.

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The England U19 star, 18, was introduced midway through the second half to make his league debut, over a year after playing his first senior minutes in the Carabao Cup.

He saw an effort from the edge of the box blocked towards the end of the game, but worked tirelessly after coming on at the DW Stadium.

Speaking after the game, Academy graduate Loader said: "It's a really amazing feeling, it's been quite a long time since I played for the first team and it's a really big milestone for me. I'm thankful for my family and friends.

"I've been getting more used to first-team football, the intensity and the demands of it. 

"I think I've come on a lot as a player [in the last year], physically and technically as well.

"The manager told me to keep doing well with the Under-23s, then I've dipped in and out of first-team training too."

Loader is already in double figures of goals for club and country so far this season, and he was on the scoresheet again for England U19s in the recent international break.

Several of his international team-mates have also tasted senior football this season in the Premier League and Championship this season, and he is the latest England youngster to break through into his first team.

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On that time away, he added: "It was really good, we came 2nd in our qualifing group [For the European U19 Championship], I got another goal and it was good.

"My team-mates helped again with the adjustment to senior football, the physical demands and being confident on the ball."

With a demanding schedule of matches coming up and strikers including Jón Daði Böðvarsson and Sam Baldock currently sidelined, Loader hopes to make his mark in senior football and keep his place in and around the squad going forward.

"It'll be good to get in the squad and get more minutes, hopefully score some goals and contribute to the team.

"I'll be keeping my head down, keep training well, keep playing well, and hopefully get more minutes."

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