Young defender Danny Greenslade discusses his loan spell with Gloucester City and indicates how the competitive nature of the Vanarama National League North has been a huge benefit to him during his time on loan.
After joining Gloucester City back at the beginning of October, Danny has been part of Gloucester’s good run of recent form that has seen the club navigate its way to an ideal position to make a bid for a play-off spot this season.
“We are making a charge for the play-offs at the moment, so it has been nice to be part of a few wins during my time on loan,” admitted the young defender.
"Obviously, just playing regular games out on the pitch is a great benefit for me.”
“There are a few experienced players in the Gloucester ranks, but at the same time, there are a number of younger players coming through as well. There are guys my age and some even younger at the club, so it is nice to have those experienced figures in the dressing room, as we can use their knowledge and understanding of the game to get us through matches. Little pieces of advice like when to slow the game down and went to go full-throttle and speed it up are key, as that game knowledge is vital when you are competing in a competitive league.”
His loan spell with Gloucester isn’t the defenders first venture away from the Mem on loan, as the youngster completed successful loan spells at Truro City and Bath City last campaign. The youngster admits that he has noticed a difference in the style of football in the National League North.
“I played in the Conference South last season and I have found that the National League North is a lot more physical than the Southern league. Although it is more physical; I think that there are a number of good teams in the division, who try to play an attractive brand of football.”
After impressing during an initial one-month loan, the defender welcomed the news that his stay with Gloucester was to be extended to the start of December, giving the youngster the opportunity to experience more first-team football over the coming weeks.
“I spoke to the Manager in the week leading up to what would have been the end of the initial month loan and we both agreed that if there weren’t any other offers on the table, then it made sense to extend my stay at Gloucester.”
“I know that I have another month of games ahead of me and I just want to focus on doing well in those games and see where that takes me.”
“I think the loan move was just what I needed to some extent. I enjoy training with Rovers every day and I have enjoyed being out playing games on the weekend."