George Bennett
Monday 02 March 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, Luc Rees is in the spotlight…

Each club you go to is different and brings a new set of challenges, but I’m enjoying my first season at Forest Green.

We’re focused and ready and the team is strong. We just need to bring it together and if things click then we should be flying. Hopefully we get a good start and can carry it on until the end of the season.

It can be hard moving away from home, but it’s been a good first year. You cook for yourself, do your own cleaning and become much more independent.

It feels very different to when I joined Cardiff at a young age. I received great training and experience, but moving to Swansea was something else entirely. They had dream facilities and it was inspiring being around Premier League footballers.

Your kit and boots are prepared for you at Swansea, but it’s very different here at Forest Green. You’ve got to work hard and take more responsibility, which has enabled me to mature more quickly and take real pride in my work.

It’s difficult to describe my style as a goalkeeper. It all very much depends on the style of play of the opposition and the condition of the pitch. I enjoy playing the Rovers way, with the ball at my feet, and also like sweeping up, but each game is different.

Joe Hart was my biggest inspiration growing up. He was a Premier League champion at Manchester City and England’s first-choice goalkeeper, but now I'd probably say David De Gea. I think he’s top class and unorthodox which I like. Manuel Neuer is also another great inspiration, and he’s changed the world of goalkeeping which is inspirational to young keepers like me.