Aaron McGowan made history in 2013 when he became Morecambe FC’s youngest ever debutant. Since then he has been in and out of the team until this season where he has consistently featured in Jim Bentley’s starting XI and also won two Man of the Match Awards.
The 19-year-old talked about his development since his debut by saying: “I made my debut at 16 and over the last few years I’ve been managed right. Now I’ve got an old head on young shoulders and I’m ready to kick on and do something big!”
He added: “The fans have seen me since I was a young lad and I think by the year I’ve matured.”
Talking about being named in the side, he said: “It’s a great feeling to be named on a Saturday, it’s a privilege to come in every day and do what you love doing. There’s nothing better than playing on a Saturday at 3 pm, it’s what most young lads around the country dream of, playing professional football. I’m just humbled that I’ve got the opportunity to do it so every time I get that opportunity I want to make the most of it.”
Aaron also talked about his preferred position, he said: “I feel I can play a number of positions on the pitch, but obviously I am a fullback. Playing on the right, even though I am right footed, going forward I prefer to play on the left side but defensively I prefer to play on the right.”
Talking about picking up two Man of the Match Awards so far this season, he said: “It’s not about the personal accolades. It’s a great thing to go home with but at the end of the day as long as I help my team get 3 points on the matchday that’s all that matters to me because I’m all for my team.”
Aaron also mentioned his aims for the season by saying: “I want to keep playing as much as possible and make as many appearances as I can. As the team I think we’ve got more than enough to go up this season. This year I think we’ve got the strongest squad since I’ve been here, not just on the pitch but the dressing room is great. The lads have really got confidence and we’re buying into it that we’re on the verge of something special for the town and club.”
Jamie Carragher once said that no one grows up wanting to be a Gary Neville, but when Aaron talked about his footballing idols when he was growing up he mentioned the fullback. He said: “As a Scouse lad obviously Gerrard but I like to think more like a Gary Neville type player. A steady week-in-week-out player who you’d like to have in your team. I’d run through a brick wall for my team”