Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STEELE POWER; Debut Boy Wants More after Fans' Acclaim: Teen Steele Wants More after Debut

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

STEELE POWER; Debut Boy Wants More after Fans' Acclaim: Teen Steele Wants More after Debut

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Byline: ANTHONY VICKERS

BORO'S teenage shot-stopper Jason Steele aims to keep up the pressure after his remarkable senior debut.

With Brad Jones' projected move to Liverpool expected to be given the green light, the Boro keeper's place at Leicester City on Saturday could be up for grabs.

And the England Under-19 keeper admits that the tremendous reaction of the Boro fans at Chesterfield on Tuesday has given him all the incentive he needs.

Steele said: "It was absolutely brilliant. The fans were chanting my name and singing songs about me. I'll remember that forever "At 19 years old you don't really expect to get that kind of recognition. You don't expect the fans to even really know who you are, so to have hundreds of supporters chanting your name like that was magnificent.

"It was a great night for me. I've been at the club since I was 12 and to make my debut at 19 - which is just a baby in goal-keeping terms - was massive. For my family too, everyone is delighted.

"I'm just glad the manager showed his faith in me and I hope I repaid that.

"After an experience like that, I want more and it's up to me to work hard in training and hope I get another chance."

While Jones watched the Carling Cuptie from the stands, Steele - 20 next week - got the nod ahead of the club's regular stand-in, Danny Coyne.

But Steele revealed both the senior shot-stoppers gave him a boost before the game - plus former Academy team-mate and fellow Aycliffe lad Ross Turnbull, now at Chelsea.

"Obviously I was a little bit nervous before the game but I always get a few tingles every time I play," he said.

"But everyone has been great. I spoke to Ross Turnbull before the game and he said good things and Brad and Danny have been a great help and very supportive too."

Steele has long been talked about as a future No.1 and has won rave reviews from the goalkeeping coaches at the club and the England set-up.

Steele admits he has heard the hype but says he still has a lot to do to justify it.

"Obviously I've been aware of the talk about me and it is nice to hear but there is a long way to go yet," he said. …

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