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Find out more about our young midfielder...

27 April 2020

Midfielder Scott Pollock is next up to face our set of questions...

1) What’s your first footballing memory, either playing or watching?

"In terms of playing, it was a Sunday League game for Grange Park's 'B' team. We were playing in a summer 7-a-side tournament so there were a lot of games on that day. I remember coming on as a substitute in my first game for them, and I scored an own goal from an opposition corner.

"Luckily we had a good team though and we got to the final, and I managed to score a few goals at the right end as well!"

2) Who’s had the biggest influence on your career?

"It's hard to pick one because there's been quite a lot of coaches and obviously family members that have helped me along the way, and continue to do so. My Dad motivates me a lot, even more so since we lost him. He always said one day I'd make it as a professional footballer, which luckily I have, and now I want to keep progressing."

3) Which player(s) inspired you the most whilst growing up?

""Ronaldinho in his Barcelona days was special, I had a Brazil shirt with his name on the back when I was younger. I looked up to Lionel Messi when he was coming through, too. I'd put Ronaldo in there aswell."

4) If you could re-invent yourself as a player in a different position, where would you play?

"I used to play as a goalkeeper when I was younger, so it would be quite good to try that again. I'd maybe have to be a bit taller though, and I'd like to get on the ball and pass it around from the back - a bit like an Ederson role at Manchester City."

5) Who’s the best player you’ve played with or against?

"I'd have to say Steven Gerrard when I played against him at Wembley. Although he's in his late thirties he was still really good on the ball, spraying the ball around and nearly scoring a few goals as well."

6) Do you have any pre-match superstitions/routines?

"I like to put my left boot on first and tie my left lace, little things like that. I have a few others aswell which might change from time to time depending on results and how we're playing."

7) Away from football, are you interested in any other sports?

"When the weather is nice, I like to play golf out in the fresh air. I like playing basketball and table tennis too." 

8) At school, what was your favourite and least favourite subject?

"P.E was always fun, especially when we were out on the astro playing football. I enjoyed Art as well, I got to a good level with that. It was hard work and I picked it for one of my GCSE's, but it was enjoyable. In terms of the worst, I'd say Science and Maths." 

9) If you could travel to a place you’ve never visited before, where would you go?

"I've never been to America, so that would be good. If I was given the choice to go anywhere, I'd probably choose somewhere like Bali or the Maldives as you could just completely relax and switch off there."

10) If you were stuck in a lift with a current Northampton team-mate, who would you like it to be?

"I'd probably pick Morgan Roberts to be stuck with. If there's a football in there then I'd be able to get my confidence up playing two-touch against him! Hopefully he'd get better at is as well. To avoid, I'm not sure to be fair. Nicky (Adams) talks a lot! So if you're trying to get to sleep in there it might not be that easy." 

11) Who has the worst banter in the squad?

"There's a few that have quite dry, sarcastic humour. Without picking anyone out in particular, there's a few that are like that. It's not the worst in our dressing room, to be fair!"

12) What’s your speciality in the kitchen?

"Just pasta really. I think I prefer the presentation side of making food rather than the actual cooking!"

13) Do you have any hobbies outside of football?

"I like to play as many other sports as I can, including golf which I touched on earlier. I watch the odd Netflix show too and play a few video games when I get the chance."

14) What’s your favourite film?

"I'd say an all-time classic would be 'Gladiator', but I'd say more recently I'm more into series rather than films."

15) If you weren’t a professional footballer, which route would you have gone down?

"If you asked me this when I was about ten years-old, I probably would've tried to go down the golf route. But more recently it would probably be something around architectural design. Having enjoyed Art at school and doing work experience at an architect place in Year 10, I might have looked to have carried on down that route as well."

16) Which Netflix/TV series would you recommend watching?

"White Collar is a really good series. I think everyone has seen it already but I'd have to say Prison Break, and I think I'll watch the new Sunderland series as well."

17) It’s your turn on the karaoke, which song do you choose?

"When I've done an initiation before, I went for Adele - Someone Like You. I struggled with a few of the higher notes but it didn't go down too badly to be fair."

18) You’re stuck on a desert island, which three items do you take with you?

"A cruise ship to get myself home, a football and my phone."

19) Do you have any pets, and if so which ones?

"I've got a golden labrador named Peaches, and a cat called Pepper."

20) If you could pass on some advice to a younger player, what would it be?

"Don't give up on yourself, there's still players now coming on to the scene in their mid twenties and I wasn't in an academy myself until 17-18 years-old. Also you can never practie or work on your skills too much, so keep doing that as much as you can."

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