Dean Gaskell On the UpBeing called up the Under 21's Super League side is bound to be the first of many represntative games for the quiet 20 year old winger.CONGRATULATIONS ON THE CALL UP TO THE SUPER LEAGUE U21S, DISAPPOINTMENT THAT THE GAME WAS CALLED OFF LAST MINUTE. HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS ACKNOWLEDGMENT TO YOUR GAME?I couldn't believe it when I got called up. What I couldn't believe more is that the game got called off as we were lining up in the tunnel to come out. I was disappointed not to get the opportunity to play and show future selectors what I am capable of. I was a really important call-up for me, it was an honour and it showed that my game is getting recognition. Which means that my games are getting noticed.YOU HAVE BEEN A REGULAR IN THE FIRST TEAM THIS SEASON HOW HAVE YOU FOUND THE STEP UP FROM U21S TO THE FIRST TEAM?The only differences are that there is more skill involved, it is a faster game and a lot stronger. There is also a lot more class players to play against. The training is also more intense, since I signed a full time contract I have gone from training 3 days a week to 5/6 days to twice a day. It is definitely a bigger commitment. But one that I am enjoying very much.HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT LAST SEASON GETTING INJURED ON YOUR DEBUT AGAINST ST. HELENS (03/08/02) AND THEN SITTING THE REST OF THE SEASON OUT?It was very difficult, I was distraught. Getting my debut against one of the biggest sides in this competition was amazing, but then to get injured and sit out for the rest of the season and watching from the sidelines was one of the most difficult things I have had to endure. But, I believe that the experience has made me a stronger mentally and physically! I play with a lot more confidence, I don't think I would be were I am if it wasn't for that game.WHAT ARE YOUR AIMS FOR THIS SEASON AND THE FUTURE, CONSIDERING YOUR CONTRACT IS UP FOR RENEWAL AT THE END OF THIS SEASON?My aims are to keep on trying to impress and keep my position by playing well and getting a new contract. I am also looking to gain more honours were I actually take to the field!WHAT DID YOU SPEND YOUR LOTTERY WINNINGS ON?I banked most of it, but I did splash out on some clothes and a new phone!
03, Jul, 2003