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Jarvis Edobor excited for full-time football

B Team defender embarks on 17/18 campaign after extended summer break due to exams

2 July 2017

Jarvis Edobor is about to embark upon his first year as a full-time footballer with Brentford B. The 18-year-old just finished his final year balancing school with sport, and is now ready to shift his focus to football on a permanent basis.

iFollow caught up with the centre-back after his second day back in training, asking him about the summer, past season highlights and his future.

"Summer was good," said Jarvis. "I had my A Level exams, in between I could rest and recuperate for the new season. So yes, I'm feeling good now the exams are done and I'm ready to go for the new season.

"It was pretty difficult but if you want the best of both worlds, you have to put in that work to get it out so I was okay doing that.

"I can't wait to have the long days where I can stay back and do some extras where I'd normally be revising or in the gym. So I can't wait and I'm really happy for the new season."

Jarvis had to wait for his chance in Kevin O'Connor's squad last season, spending the early season behind Chris Mepham and Manny Onariase. By the end of the year he had made himself an important part of the back four of Brentford B.

"I think it was a good year for me," said Jarvis. "I feel like I've improved loads as a footballer but I've got lots to still improve. Now I can focus fully on football I can get that and become even better.

"Winning the [Kai Thor] trophy was a highlight, the game against Bayern Munich was great and I think there were so many high profile games I got to be involved in. The last game against Man City and Bayern, like I said, those were my highlights.

"I think the games [at Griffin Park] are really good for you as a footballer. You play in front of a crowd, it may not be what the crowd usually is, but you play in a stadium like that. You get a feel for it and you gear yourself up for those games on paper."

Next week the B squad head to Hungary for a pre-season training camp and two friendlies before the official start of the 2017/18 campaign. It is clear that Jarvis is looking forward to some time away.

"I think it's great," he said. "It's a time away with your football mates. Usually you'd go home and get away from it but there's football for the whole week. I think it'll be good and we'll get it back into our system. We'll do loads of running and more pre-season work and come back even fitter."

Entering into his second full season with Brentford, Jarvis has set his sights on progressing as much as possible as time goes by. Where does he want to be in a year's time?

"I'd love to be training with the First Team," said Jarvis. "I'd love to be in and around the First Team. That's where I'm trying to be, getting better as a player and cementing my position in the B Team. Then hopefully kick on and get into the First Team."


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