Ryan Seager has been delighted by the personal rewards reaped from an occasional change in his position in Saints Under-21s’ season so far.
After failing to make it off the bench in a 1-1 season-opener at home to Staplewood, the forward was re-instated in Martin Hunter’s lineup against West Ham in an unusual position for him behind a lone striker – Sam McQueen – in a ‘number-ten’ role.
With more influence on proceedings, Seager enjoyed a fine return to the starting eleven and netted in a 2-1 victory.
Ryan has since alternated the position in the following two games, securing a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in a striking role before registering against Everton in the other.
“It’s been a great start to the season for me,” the 18-year-old enthused when speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel. “The first game I didn’t play, so that game me a motive to get back in the team. Obviously, scoring goals has helped me stay in the team; I’m very pleased.
“I like it because I can link up with the number-nine well. Me and Sam McQueen, when he plays as the number-nine, switch well. It’s helped me develop my game even further.
“I’ll play wherever Martin Hunter wants me to play. It’s helping my game if I play as a number-ten, so I’ll get more attributes to my game that will help me further down the line.
“We’ve got a young team, but I think we’ve got a good team. Obviously, there’s room for improvement but with the weeks to come we’ll get better and I’m sure the results will start to come as well.”
Technical Director Martin Hunter lauded the manner in which Seager has fought his way back into his thinking by combining performances with great character.
“His attitude has been terrific,” the coach assessed. “There were some times last season where there were other players ahead of him, but he’s made a case to play every week with his goalscoring and not just that – his work rate.
“He’s very clever in and around the penalty area. He’s a goalscorer and is a pleasure to work with.”