Charlie Freeman by neil spofforth

Ossett Town have, we believe, a star in the making in 17 year old Charlie Freeman.

Having hit the net nine times for the clubs u19s and reserve sides the striker has established himself in Grant Black’s first team squad, regularly making appearances from the bench as well as earning a couple of starts in the Integro League Cup and most recently last Monday at Brighouse in the West Riding County Cup.

Freeman says “I found out I was staring before the game on Monday in the dressing room when the gaffa read the team, obviously during the warm up my full attention and mind set was focused on the game and how I was going to have an impact. My mind set is the same week in week out, I always train and warm up in preparation to play, and it should be no different”.

As a kid Freeman played for his local side, Rothwell Juniors where he progressed from the u8s through to the u13s during which he had spells at Leeds United and York City. At u14 Charlie decided it was time for a change and moved to Durkar Juniors and that, Charlie says, is the club which helped him develop into a better player as the side competed in a more challenging league.

At 16 years old Freeman joined the under 19s, and so impressed was then Manager John Reed, the club looked to register the forward with the first team, but unfortunately his birthday fell after the registration deadline so he was not eligible to play.

Under John Francis, Freeman excelled in the u19s and Reserves and he certainly caught Francis’ eye “He's very likeable character in the changing room, confident and polite chap, Charlie has bags of ability very aggressive determined, holds the ball really well as a striker, with a great will to achieve and a great eye for goal”.

Freeman goes close to his first senior goal against Mossley

Francis continued “Potential going forward Charlie needs to work on a few things in the game which will aide his development but potentially he has all the attributes to play much higher”.

Freeman loved playing football as a child, saying “it was always my favourite hobby which I took a liking to at such an early age. It was always my dream to play for my childhood club Leeds United which is why I was always so dedicated to working hard and be dedicated not just during games but training as well, it is extremely important to train how you play because having that mind set can be extremely important in helping you to achieve your goals”.

“During my career, my biggest influence has got to be my dad with him coming to watch all my games and really wanting to push me so I can be the best I can be. With him being an ex-professional and knowing how much dedication and hard work football requires, I am always enthusiastic to learn off him and listen to what he has to say and how much effort he is putting into my career”.

“Each time I play, I am always dedicated to improve and push myself whether this maybe working on things I'm not good at or a certain something I wasn't happy with from last game. In 5 years’ time, I am hoping to achieve my dream by playing in the football league making a living out of playing football in which I am willing to work for and put the effort in.”

First team manager Grant Black believes that is a likely outcome for Freeman “Charlie is a great talent and has fitted great into the changing room. He has the respect of the lads as they see he is a great talent.

His attitude is excellent and he wants to improve. He has good movement and is very strong. He does have a lot to learn but is heading in the right direction. We feel if he keeps working hard and continues to listen he will have a great chance of playing at a much higher level.”

Freeman is loving being in the dressing room and says “Since being involved with the first team, all the boys have been such an influence on me in the changing room from the coaching staff and the gaffer all the way through to the players. It is important to have a good mentality and team spirit throughout the dressing room because talent wins games however teamwork and intelligence wins championships. All the boys made me feel so welcome in which case they have all been a big influences on my first taste of first team football”.

Freeman powers towards goal...

With the Ossett Town Juniors recently announcing the annual Gala will take place on July the first and second, Freeman has this message for the clubs junior players “It is extremely important to be so very self-motivated and dedicated whether it may be training or during a game. You never know who's watching which is why it is extremely important to play every game like it is your last leaving that pitch with no regrets. Having the self believe within yourself and the confidence to know that you can do it can have a big impact on your career.

Always remember, good, better, best, I will never rest till my good is better and my better is best.

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