After making 89 first-team appearances at the age of just 20, Anthony Hartigan says he’s relishing competition for midfield places and combining with fellow academy graduate Jack Rudoni.
Speaking about the impressive first-team rise of midfield partner ‘Rudi’, Anthony said: “I think he’s taken it in his stride, he’s a great player and he has loads of talent. I’m always here if he needs any advice, but I think me and ‘Rudi’ play really well together. It’s been really good as it shows that there’s a pathway for the academy boys coming through and getting into the first-team.
“I’ve just enjoyed playing and being a part of it this season. I want to keep progressing by doing extra when I can. I am just trying to better myself and be ready for the team whenever I’m needed. The way League One is, it’s quite a physical league, it’s quite demanding as you have to be able to run, get around the pitch, and use your body well. I’ve worked really hard in the gym, as well as outside.
“The manager has given me a lot of advice because he was in a similar position. He came through and played at a young age and so have I. Getting good advice from the manager has helped me a lot.
“I’ve obviously known Robbo for a long time, for the six years since I’ve been here. He’s been massive in my development, giving me advice every day. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t be where I am today because he’s helped me massively. It’s good to have him around and he’s not only giving myself advice, he’s helping everyone here.”
In an interview conducted before our squad started their fitness training at home, due to Coronavirus, Anthony spoke with excitement about running out at Plough Lane next season.
“Coming through the academy system, I know what it means for everyone at the club to be going back to Plough Lane,” said Anthony. “Seeing the fans at the event recently (Plough Lane Bond event) showed me how much they care. All the boys that went to the stadium site recently said good things about it and that it’s looking in good shape, so we’re all excited.”
Take a look at Rob Cornell's full interview with Anthony below.