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'I'm delighted with the deal' says Jack Bonham

Goalkeeper explains all after signing a new deal then heading out on loan

28 June 2017

Jack Bonham signed a new contract with the Club recently, before agreeing to join Carlisle United on loan until January. He sat down with iFollow to discuss how his new season will look and how happy he was with his contract.

"I'm delighted with the deal," said Jack. "I think after finally getting a chance to play last year, and showing what I can do, I think it's come from there. it's nice to be rewarded for all the work you put in.

"It's funny, I feel a bit like a senior player after being there five years now, adding some more years on is exciting for me."

Although not one of the oldest members of the squad, he has been in the Griffin Park dressing room for some time. Asked about the atmosphere within the team, Jack said: "Everyone that comes in has been really good, and have settled in really well. That just adds to the team chemistry and team spirit. It's nice to be part of a club for so long and see the changes and the direction we're going in. It's definitely a forward direction."

Jack will be heading away from what is currently a trio of goalkeepers in Daniel Bentley, himself and new addition Luke Daniels. Jack has enjoyed working with Dan thus far.

"[Dan]'s been great, so much knowledge with the amount of games he's played, as well as when David Button was here. If they can add something to my game then that's great, and if I can help them it's even better.

"He's a great person and a great professional, every day he puts everything into training and the gym. He's a great person to be around."

The 23-year-old got his chance last season in a game against Barnsley, making a string of good saves to earn himself a high level of praise across the media and fans alike.

"It's always nervous playing a game," he said. "Then when you haven't played any games, and it's a nice late game, even more so. Like I said when I played, after the first 15 minutes it just felt normal. It was nice to go and do so well, it was a long time coming and I waited a long time for my league debut. It was a great feeling."

Having been on the book at Watford and now Brentford, Carlisle United is breaking the mould when it comes to Jack's usual situation. He explained why he chose to play for The Blues.

"It's been the plan for the last few years, but it's not been right for the club. Now's the time I think, I spoke to the manager and Simon Royce, that it's vital for me to go and get more experience after playing last year. I'm excited and looking forward to going on loan.

"It was one of a number of clubs but it appealled to be me most. The way they play, how well they did last season. It must have been disappointing leaving in the play-offs, but it's just their style of play and a fresh start somewhere."

"My 17/18 season goals are just to play as many games as possible. To have a good run of games, be in good form and come back next year to see where that takes me."


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