Youth team scholar delighted to make Football League debutJosh Ginnelly described making his Football League debut for Shrewsbury Town on Saturday as ‘a dream come true’.
The 17-year-old came on as an injury-time substitute for James Collins in the 2-0 win over Luton Town at the weekend.
And it was a special moment which the second-year youth team scholar has worked hard for.
“It was a dream come true and the best feeling of my life,” said a proud Ginnelly.
“To get on the pitch put everything into perspective. All you need to do is work hard and maintain your standards.
“Luckily I got onto the pitch, I didn’t expect it at all. When the gaffer told me to get my shirt on, my legs just went numb.
“It’s just good to be on the bench and be a part of it.”
“Hopefully if I keep training well and keep on playing well then I’ll be able to get on the bench more, maybe even onto the pitch.”
The attacking midfielder made an immediate impact at the end of the game and could easily have won himself a penalty when running at the Hatters’ defence.
“I’ve seen a gap and tried to push it through, but I just ended up getting tangled with the defender,” said Ginnelly.
He was also part of the squad which knocked Leicester City out of the Capital One Cup on Tuesday night, and it’s an experience the second-year scholar will never forget.
“Being a part of that Leicester experience, and especially the result, was one of the best feelings of my life,” said Ginnelly.
“I didn’t expect to get close to the squad that day, but when I did I was buzzing.”