Coming through the ranks it was the 20 year old’s distinct coolness and composure on the ball that would often leave an indelible mark on those who played with and watched him. Perhaps the biggest example of this was whilst on trial at the Nike Academy he was picked out for these very attributes by a Premier League star.
The Sheffield Wednesday man, very much an attacking player now even played as centre back during his Hackney District days. However, he said it was harsh lessons learnt whilst on loan at Bury last season that has helped him develop his game.
Young Pro Mag caught up with The Owls’ Sean Clare to talk about his journey so far, interests and aspirations for the future.
Q&A follows beneath…
1. To people who will want to get to know how you play, what would you say your biggest attribute is?
Good technique and composure on the ball, I think that’s helped me cope and do well and at all types of levels that I’ve played at and have been picked out by coaches and scouts, for example at my Nike UK trial Joey Barton picked me out from the trial for thos attributes (good technique and composure) which really gave me confidence
2. And your biggest area to improve?
I need to be a bit more selfish in and around the opposition penalty box so that I’m scoring a few more goals a season I think that will really improve my game.
3. What is your personal goal for the second half of the season?
I’m definitely aiming to get more League experience, either at Sheffield Wednesday or out on loan. I feel I’m ready for it and that the experience will really help me improve.
4. What was your time at Bury like?
It was really good and positive experience, being in and around a League first team. I definitely felt I could cope with the quality and the standard of the league, but just would of liked more game time – especially after getting Star Man rating in my second appearance but unfortunately it didn’t turn out that way – which was also a good lesson for the future.
5. Would you happily go on loan again?
Yes, definitely, I feel it would help me progress my career and game even more.
6. Where would you say your best position is?
As an attacking midfielder, linking play and scoring goals from the no. 10 position in the pocket as it’s sometimes called.
7. What position did you play as a kid?
I’ve always had an attacking mentality, but because from a young age I’ve been quite disciplined and versatile I found my self playing a lot more defensive roles. For example when I was first scouted by a number of teams I was captaining Hackney District and playing centre back.
8. What advice would you give to the new intake of players at the Nike Academy?
Recognise from day one what a great opportunity it is to develop and progress in a such a highly professional environment. Give everything you’ve got at every opportunity on and off the pitch because every second there is your trial so always act like someone is watching. Also players really need to buy into the Nike Academy way and work with all the staff there as best as they can and use all of the many resources made available to them to really get the most out of it at the end of there time there, which will hopefully be a professional contract.
Clare turning out for Bury last season
Quick Fire Questions
Meat Feast Pizza
Xbox or Playstation?
Top 3 tunes your listening to right now?
Kojo Funds ft Abra Cadabra – Dun Talkin’ / Kranium ft. Tory Lanez – We Can / Tekno – Pana
Rihanna or Beyonce?
Rihanna, I prefer her music
30-yard screamer or perfect team goal?
30-yard screamer, who doesn’t love one of those?
Ronaldo or Messi?
Even though they’re both outstanding, I think Messi edges it.