Carlisle United youngster Brad Potts is delighted to have made his senior debut for the Club after featuring in Saturday’s Capital One Cup first round clash with Accrington Stanley.
The 18-year-old defender, who signed professional terms at Brunton Park, has impressed over pre-season and played the full ninety minutes of the Cumbrians 1-0 win over Paul Cook’s side.
“I’m absolutely buzzing to get 90 minutes and to play my first game for the first team,” Potts told the Club’s website.
“It was a tough test but that’s good because I want to try and prove myself. I want to see how I can do against players like that.”
“I didn’t really think about the fact it was my debut before the match but I was really nervous before kick-off. I wasn’t as nervous once I got into it and I was just pleased to be involved.”
“I only found out I was playing on Friday when the team was named and we did a bit of shape work after that,” he explained. “I didn’t really expect to be playing before that, but I was delighted when he told us. It’s good that the Manager has put his trust in me and I just want to do well and try and stay in the team now.”
“To be fair, the gaffer wasn’t as pleased with my performance as he was after the pre-season matches but all I can do is learn from it. Hopefully I’ll be in the team next week so I can put it right.”
“The gaffer and Kav [Graham Kavanagh] have told me just to play with confidence and to keep doing what I’ve been doing, and I think I’ve tried my best to do that,” he continued.
“I had Danny Livesey and Mike Edwards beside me and they helped me through. They kept talking to me and it was really good to have them there. The more time I get on the pitch hopefully the better I’ll get.”
“It was my biggest test so far because it was a competitive match but it was a great experience and I’m looking forward to doing it more.”
Potts was also pleased to be told that the Carlisle fans had been chanting his name throughout the game.
“When I’m playing I don’t really hear them cheering me on that much. I concentrate completely on the match but it is great that it’s happening. Hopefully they’ll keep doing it.”