Bradden Inman

By Dan Sheridan - Newcastle United Managing Editor

 

Bradden Inman has started the Barclays Premier League Under-21 campaign with five goals in four games, including one against Sunderland last week, and the official matchday programme caught up with the 20-year-old after the Tyne-Wear draw…

 

Another goal for you Brad - you must be pleased with the way you've started the campaign?

I'm very pleased. It's always good to get among the goals, but the most satisfying thing has been the performances from the lads so far. We've started with two big wins, a hard-fought draw and a narrow defeat, so it's looking good.

We came up against a very strong Sunderland team on Tuesday and they had a number of first-teamers in their line-up, but I thought we coped very well.

 

Was a draw against Sunderland a fair result?

I thought we deserved to win. We had chances and a couple of one-on-ones that could have won it for us but it wasn't to be.

They had four internationals in their side, and when you consider we only had one out-and-out defender in our back four, I think we did well against Louis Saha and Connor Wickham.

But that's football - if we'd taken our chances we'd have won the game, but we were happy with a point in the end.

 

It certainly didn't feel like a Reserve fixture - was it a good test for the lads?

It was and it's always useful to play against better players so you can judge what level you are at. It's good to compare yourself against top players so you can see just how far you've got to go.

The positive thing is that we weren't overawed by the experience they had in their starting XI and we matched them all over the pitch - even with a few of our lads playing out of position.

 

You played in a couple of different positions on Tuesday but looked comfortable throughout…

I'm used to fitting in wherever Peter Beardsley and Willie Donachie want me to, but the injury to Michael Richardson didn't help and Dan Gosling went to centre-back.

I just fell back into midfield alongside Conor Newton, and I'm happy to play there. Attacking midfielder is probably my best position - it means I can get chances in front of goal, but I'll play anywhere I'm told to.

 

How beneficial is it for the Under 21s to play in our own stadium in front of a decent crowd?

It's always a great experience and even though there was only a couple of thousand there, you could really here the Newcastle fans. Even at this level, the rivalry with Sunderland means a lot and it's good for the players to understand that.

Nights like that make you hungry for more and I'd love to know what it feels like walking out in front of 50,000. Hopefully one day I'll find out.

 

Has the new Under 21 set-up gone down well this season?

Yeah, it's a much better league this year and playing in proper stadiums really helps. We played at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke a few weeks back and at our own stadium on Tuesday, and you feel more involved and more up for it.

It also means the fans can come along and watch the big games like they did against Sunderland, so it's a win-win situation really.

It's also useful if an opportunity in the first-team ever comes along, because you've already played at proper football grounds.

 

There's a lot of football to be played at every level this season - you must be hoping that a first team chance comes your way?

It's a lot of games, and that's been added to by the fact that we're in the group stages of the Europa League.

Hopefully I can catch the gaffer's eye and he decides to pick me because ultimately, the first team is where I want to be.

 

What's your international situation at the moment?

Well even though I'm Australian, I've represented Scotland at youth level and really enjoyed that.

But at the moment I'm really just focusing on what's happening at club level. I still need to work out what's best for me in terms of Scotland or Australia, and I'll do that when the time comes, but for now I'm not really thinking about it.