Second-year scholar reflects on full debutYoung defender Myles Judd is hoping he can now build on his first team experiences having made his full debut for the club in Tuesday’s defeat at home to Exeter City.
The 17-year-old was handed a starting berth in the absence of Yvan Erichot to injury, and looked more than comfortable coming up against the Grecians.
“I enjoyed Tuesday quite a lot, making my full debut for the first team was really enjoyable and something I am very proud of,” Judd told leytonorient.com.
“When I found out I would be starting I was nervous but more excited if anything. I was delighted to have been given the chance and wanted to make the most of the opportunity.
“I wanted to get into the game as soon as possible but also stay calm and composed, my main focus was to get the simple things right.”
Having become the fifth youngest player to appear for the O's when handed his debut as a substitute in Orient's Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Luton Town last season, Judd has been involved with the squad on a number of occasions this campaign and praised his teammates for their help throughout the game and in particular Nicky Hunt.
“All of the lads were really good with me and Nicky was a massive help throughout the game. Having him alongside me at centre half and telling me what to do was a huge help.
“He was always giving me information and helping with my positioning, and playing with someone so experienced certainly made it easier.”
Following the half time interval Judd switched to left back following the withdrawal of Callum Kennedy, and the second-year scholar admitted he was more than comfortable changing position.
“I didn’t mind moving to left back for the second half because I feel more than comfortable playing in a number of positions,” he explained.
“Left and right back have the exact same roles and responsibilities, they are just on opposite sides so I was happy to change when asked to move across.”
Despite being involved with the first team in recent weeks, Judd is also part of the O’s under-18s squad who have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season, and the defender finished by praising the coaching staff in both the academy and first team management pairing of Andy Edwards and Danny Webb.
“We have had a good start to the season in the youth team and it is great to be a part of, though we know we all have a lot of work to do as individuals and as a team.
“Thommo (Richard Thomas) and Omer (Riza) are really good coaches who both know what they are talking about and have been a huge benefit for me,” Judd added.
“It is also good to be working with both Andy and Danny when training with the first team, because I have been with them since the age of about 13 or 14. I have known them both for quite a while now and they are always helping me improve.”