Wes Harding on a First Team future

It's great to have two strings to your bow and I think I can do both jobs.

Harding, who is the leading appearance maker for the Development Squad with 28 so far this season was invited by Rowett to pre-season training in Marbella last summer.

It was that experience that has driven him on.

“I’d like to be doing the same thing and getting in there (First Team) as early as possible,” said the 19-year old.

“I went to Marbella as a centre-back and I enjoyed that a lot. You have to be a lot more relaxed and you have to suss things out.

“But with the players around you, you pick things up easily.

“You always want to be in and around the First Team, but there are certain factors that have to be on your side.”

As well as playing in his favoured position, Harding has been used at right back earning the praise of Development Squad Coach Richard Beale.
“Wes has done really really well these past few weeks,” Beale said.

“It's great to have two strings to your bow and I think I can do both jobs.

“Defensively he doesn’t get beat one v one very regularly and that’s really important for him to show the Manager that he’s a tough and an uncompromising defender.”

Harding hopes to use his versatility to his advantage with only one year left on his contract.

“I feel comfortable at centre-half as that’s my normal position,” adds Harding

“But I’ve been playing right-back and I feel I’ve been doing well and I’m enjoying it.

“I want to get bigger, stronger and there’s always room for improvement.

“But if you put me anywhere I’ll do a job for the team. I’m not fussed.

“I’m looking to get in the First Team in any position.”

But does the Leicester-born Harding think about the future?

“I try not to think about it. Just stay relaxed and try to do your best.

“It’s just another year to improve and impress.”