Max Wright enjoying life with the Seadogs

Scarborough Athletic winger Max Wright cannot wait for the next game at the moment with things hotting up at the top of the Evo-Stik North.

Wing wizard Max Wright

The 19-year-old, on loan for the season from SkyBet League Two side Grimsby Town, has proved a superb signing since joining Boro back at the end of August.

Last weekend against Trafford, Wright struggled to play his natural game on the heavy pitch at Shawe View, but feels this is all part of his football development to help him improve as a player.

 “I wouldn’t say we took our foot off the gas against Trafford, but as the game went on they decided to throw bodies forward to try and get back into it” he said. “The pitch was slippy and it made the passing football we’re used to playing on the 3G at home difficult. Even some of the more experienced players were struggling with the surface, but it’s all about how you work around that and find a way through.”

There were a few nervy moments for Wright and his team mates towards the end to repel a Trafford side that dominated the closing stages in search of a late equaliser, but they stood firm to emerge with the three points.

“It was a good bit of attacking play for their goal, but we battled so hard with ten men in that final quarter to keep them from getting another goal. We packed the midfield and I knew we had to sit tight so I couldn’t bomb forward as much as usual. I was having to pick my moment to go on a run rather than trying to force it, but it was a good learning experience for me.”

Wright has loved his time with Steve Kittrick’s side, playing regularly and winning the plaudits of many fans at the Flamingo Land Stadium. He’s also been assisted by a few tips from his team mates to help him improve towards his goal of professional full-time football.

“I’m trying to get better to move up through the leagues. I want to be playing at the highest level possible, and the last two seasons at Sutton Coldfield and Scarborough have given me a fantastic opportunity to develop and learn more about my game for the future.

“The lads have given me lots of encouragement, passing on a few pointers during games and in training. It’s great to get feedback from players who have been there and seen it all like Coulo, Mezza and Morgs. Things like cutting inside more and not being afraid to have a shot or cross from deep have all come from feedback I’ve been given.”

The 19-year-old has developed his game during his time at Boro

Looking ahead to the final 17 league games in the Evo-Stik North with the table tightly packed in the race for promotion, Wright feels Boro are in good shape to challenge for honours at the end of April.

“We’re on a great run of eight wins in all competitions, but every team is out to get us now and will be working that little bit harder to get a result against us.

“The defence is doing great, Coulo is scoring for fun and Wally does what he does, he has been a brilliant signing for us.

“With the form that we’re in though we don’t mind who we come up against, we need to keep on putting in the performances to get us where we need to be.”

Wright has also caught the eye of the match sponsors at games with his mazy wing play, picking up eight bottles of Lallier Grande champagne from Betton Wines after getting chosen as the Man of the Match. Despite giving a few away to relatives over Christmas, the youngster still has plenty of bottles in reserve!

“I’ve been given 8 bottles in total, 1 in my first game away at Clitheroe and then the rest at home games. At Christmas time I gave a few out to my grandparents and relatives, but I’ve kept a few spare for a special occasion. I also want to keep one for a while as a bit of a memento of my time at Scarborough.”

Max is clear that achieving promotion with Scarborough is his aim for this season and is enjoying playing in a league competition after many years in the academy structure with the Mariners.

“My wish for this year is to help Scarborough go up, I’d love it to happen, after we’ve all worked so hard through the season. I played in the Evo-Stik NPL Premier Division last season with Sutton Coldfield and I’ve no doubt with our side that if we could compete in that league now.

“Because I’ve played in the junior set-up at Grimsby since under-10s, most of the games have been one off matches; we’ve not really had many leagues or trophies to compete in. I’ve loved following the league table during the season to see our progress and really hope we can finish the job off come the end of April.”

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