Ahead of the new season, Sean Galea-Pace chatted to Trawlerboys striker, Ryan Jarvis, on his thoughts about the upcoming year, the disappointment of relegation last season and what it’s like playing in the same team as his brother.
SGP: How do you think your pre-season preparations went overall?
RJ: I think it’s been pretty good. We’ve had some good training sessions, the boys came back pretty fit and we have looked good in training. We’ve scored a few goals and kept a few clean sheets so overall I feel like we’ve had a good pre-season.
SGP: How disappointed were you that Micky Chapman’s fixture against Norwich couldn’t be played?
RJ: We were all gutted as a club. I know the fans were extremely disappointed that the game wasn’t on but when you’ve got multi-million pound players coming down, Norwich obviously won’t want to put their players at risk because there were a couple of bad patches so unfortunately it wasn’t to be. But, we quickly moved on and concentrated on our next game and getting fit for the first competitive fixture.
SGP: How much have you been looking forward to getting competitive games back underway?
RJ: Can’t wait to be honest. I enjoyed the first couple of weeks of the break and then after two or three weeks, I couldn’t wait to come back to football. I’m really, really looking forward to this Saturday and kicking off the season for competitive matches again.
SGP: Following last season’s relegation, how confident are you that Town can bounce back at the first attempt?
RJ: I think we’re all pretty confident. A lot of the players have played in this league before and got promotion from this league so they know what is required to get out of this league. I understand it’s probably going to be a long, hard, gruelling season but as I said we’ve got the players that have experienced it and we have the quality that we believe will be enough to get us out of this league. The squad isn’t massive but hopefully we can add some players throughout the season to help us get through and out the division.
SGP: Have you set yourself any personal targets this season?
RJ: I haven’t really. As the older I’ve got, I haven’t really set myself any targets and just want to do the best I can for the team. I’ll try and help Reedy (Jake Reed) out, he’s an out and out goal scorer and I want to provide as many goals for him as I can. That is my main aim really and chip in with a few goals myself, hopefully more than last year but like I said, the priority is to be a good team player and give it our all to get it us out of this league.
SGP: You’ve been at Lowestoft a year now, have you enjoyed your time at the club so far?
RJ: Yeah I’ve loved it. Even though we went down last year, as soon as you get rid of the disappointment of getting relegated, I was so eager to get back to the ground again to start training. There’s not a lot that beats training and playing with your mates on a weekly basis so I’ve loved every minute of it.
SGP: Are you tired of playing alongside your brother (Rossi Jarvis) yet?
RJ: There are occasions that I do get fed up of him! The lads will back me up on this, he does get very opinionated and moans like an old woman and does your head in. But he’s a great player and a good captain but sometimes you have to block him out and ignore him because he just drives you crazy.
SGP: Having played at the highest level with Norwich, how does playing in the lower leagues compare?
RJ: It’s weird and it might sound strange but sometimes the lower division you come down, the more difficult it gets. The games are so much more 100mph as in it goes from the back of the field to the front of the field within two seconds, whereas, in the higher divisions your team can keep the ball for a couple of minutes so you get more rest and then when you do get the ball, you’re fresher to make something happen. But I still love playing football so I’ll still continue to play at this level as long as I can and hopefully I can get help us get back to the next level.
Keep an eye out in our match day programmes for more articles and features from Sean Galea-Pace during the season.
Updated 19:52 - 21 Aug 2016 by Terry Bullen