Date: 4th April 2014 at 7:32pm
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Midfielder James Ward-Prowse has reminisced about his Premier League bow when he was named in the starting line up for our opening day game against Manchester City back in the 2012-13 season.

JWP was only 17 year of age at the time, and speaking to saintsfc he looks back at the rollercoaster of emotions he felt, especially as he then went on to play a part in Rickie Lambert’s leveller before City again got in front to take the win.

‘Jack Cork was injured so I was playing most of the pre season friendlies, so I had an inkling I would be starting. To see it (my name) come up in the presentation before the game obviously made me so nervous. All that kept running through my head was that it was on TV, my Premier League debut against the Champions and all the names I would be up against, but I think I settled in really quickly.’

JWP goes on to say that the warm up for the game definitely added the pressure because the crowd was getting warmed up, and obviously being the opening day of the campaign, expectations are high and there’s a tension and release from the crowd after having had a few months off from competitive games, so it’s always special, and made even more so by the fact it was our top flight return as well.

‘It was pretty nerve wracking. I actually came off before we went 2-1 up, but I played a part in the first goal which was good – I will always remember that, my little touch to Rickie.’

Since that fateful day JWP has gone on now to play 34 times in the league for the club and more than played his part in our rise up through the places, becoming an important member of our first team in that time even though the majority have been appearances from the bench, but he knows that’s part of his development anyway.

‘It couldn’t have gone any better, for me, to be in and around a Premier League set up at my age is unbelievable but to get the games that I have had and all the start has been good.’

As the club continue to grow and he does as a player, he admits the next task is for him to nail down a starting place on a more regular basis and he knows that’s a challenge in itself given the quality we have in midfield at the club, but again it’s just something he needs to fight for as he gains experience himself.

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