Noah Dougherty
Monday 10 February 2020

This season, we’ve given our academy scholars the chance to draw back the curtain on their time in the Forest Green Rovers youth set-up.

This week, Harvey Bunker is in the spotlight…

I came to Forest Green at the start of this season, but I already knew several of the players from my time at Southampton.

That was one of the main reasons I signed here, I had six or seven people I already knew which made it easy to settle in.

We have a great team spirit at Forest Green, and when you’ve played with people for such a long time then it’s easier to help each other out on the pitch.

It was a bit tough to move up here when I first started at the club, because living away from home and doing my own cooking was a new experience. I’m learning along the way though, and I’m enjoying it.

Everyone talks about the style of play we have here, and it really suits a midfield player because you are able to get on the ball a lot.

When you play the defensive midfield role in a Forest Green team, you feel like there’s going to be pressure, but once you’re out on the pitch you don’t feel it and it quickly becomes a habit.

I got to travel with the first team to a game in the Leasing.com Trophy at Walsall, and I enjoyed the insight into how the professionals prepare ahead of each match.

That was my first experience of professional football, and to be able to get that in my first year is a real positive for me.

There was a noticeable change of pace in the step up from academy football, and you had to play two-touch and move the ball more quickly.

It was really important for my development, and I felt sharper when I returned to the Under 18s.