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In Depth | Jason Sraha

12 September 2023


In Depth | Jason Sraha

12 September 2023

At 6’5, the commanding centre-back is one of the tallest players in the EFL.

Jason’s height is obviously useful when it comes to playing in defence.   

But the 20-year-old is also good on the ball and likes nothing more than stepping out of a back three and playing passes into midfield.   

Snapped up following his release from Barnsley in the summer, the Londoner has had an intriguing career to date.   

Jason joined Chelsea aged nine where he became close friends with Jamal Musiala who is now starring for Bayern Munich.    

He also came through the ranks with Levi Colwill who made his Chelsea debut recently.   

Aged 16, though, Jason opted to leave Chelsea for Arsenal before he went on to join Barnsley who were in the Championship at the time.   

His time at the Tykes saw him enjoy a loan spell with Guiseley – who were co-managed at the time by Marcus Bignot.   

And his relationship with Marcus was crucial to his move to Shropshire – with Jason knowing the time has come for him to realise his potential.   

“My first few weeks here have been really positive,” the defender said.   

“As soon as I walked through the door the gaffer and Marcus were the first people to greet me which was really nice.   

“I think when you join a new club it’s important to get settled as quickly as you can and I am settled now.   

“I’ve found a place. When I first got here I was in a hotel but the club secretary, Jayne (Bebb), sorted me a place. It’s in Shrewsbury and is really nice.

“At first you have to get to know everyone but then once you’re settled, you’re settled.   

“I’m enjoying it so now it’s all about taking on board what the coaching staff are telling me and trying to play as many games as possible.”   

While Jason has the coaching staff at Town helping him improve on the pitch, his girlfriend is helping him with the mental side of the game at home.   

“My girlfriend is at university in London studying sports science but she wants to do a masters in sports psychology,” he said.   

“She helps me a lot with all sorts of things on the sports science side of things including what times to eat and stuff. She is really helpful.   

“We’ve been together three years now. The first year and a half we were together in London but ever since it’s been long-distance. But we’ve got to grips with that now.   

“She comes up to visit every couple of weeks and so do my parents – which is a good job really because spaghetti bolognese is the only thing I can cook!

“My parents come up and make me food or my Mrs does or the club chef Dave sometimes sorts me out. Learning to cook is definitely something I’ve got to do.”   

Jason admits it’s fascinating watching his friends Jamal Musiala and Levi Colwill shine at the top of the game.   

And now he wants to follow in their footsteps by regularly playing first-team football.   

“Me and Jamal were together from nine to 16 - we were the same year group and we actually arrived on the same day and left on the same day,” Jason said.   

“With Jamal, you could see the talent from day one.    

“I also came through with Tino Livramento who is now playing for Newcastle and Levi Colwill who was great on loan for Brighton last season.   

“You just knew with all three of those players they were going to make it – they just got better and better every year and it’s great to see them doing so well.   

“For me now it’s all about playing football because the majority of games I’ve played have been at an academy level.   

“I went on loan to Guisley and Barnsley called me back so I got a couple of games for them in the Championship.   

“That was a good feeling – the fact they had called me back early showed that they trusted me to play.   

“It was a great experience for me because playing for points is completely different to playing for an academy.    

“It’s completely different, especially when you get to the latter stages of a game. You know you have to put your body on the line and leave everything you can out there.”   

As well as being a talented footballer, Jason is also good at table tennis and basketball.   

One thing he doesn’t like, though, is swimming!   

“I’m pretty good at basketball and I like to think I’m quite good at table tennis,” he continued.   

“I’m top three in the dressing rooms I’ve been in. I think I’m decent so if anyone wants to challenge me at table tennis I’m not hiding.   

“For the next open day, set up a table and I’ll be there!   

“One thing I can’t do though is swim. Me and water is a shambles, you do not want to see that. Any time I’m in the water I just don’t want to be in there.   

“I’m 6’5 but I hate it. I just don’t see myself in a position where I would need to know how to swim - I’m in no rush to learn!”   

Born in London, Sraha is of Nigerian and Ghanaian descent. And he says Ghana is his favourite holiday destination.   

“I love going back to Ghana,” he added.   

“For sure it’s different out there. It’s like a family. Even if you don’t know somebody on the street, they acknowledge you and they speak to you.   

“My mum’s side of the family are out there and it’s always great whenever we go back.   

“There are fantastic places to eat, good places to visit and the waterparks are great as well!”  

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