Josh Spencer - Flying to the top
10,526 miles. That’s how far Josh Spencer has travelled to chase his dream of becoming a professional footballer.
Known as JJ to his team-mates, he left the Sydney sunshine behind to come and spend a season at the FCV Academy as he aims to follow the path to professional football.
The central midfielder has settled quickly to life in England, and he's all set for his first winter in Stamford.
“It was a big decision to leave home,” Spencer explained.
“I had to follow my desire to play football, I wouldn’t have left home if I didn’t want to be here or have the hunger to make it.
“The weather hasn’t been too bad yet but it’s only going to get colder. I’ll probably end up wearing gloves, tights, and everything I can to keep warm!”
His first knowledge of the Academy came after a training session with assistant head coach Ben Watts, whilst back home in New South Wales.
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Ever since then, the FCV life is something the young Aussie has wanted to be involved in.
Spencer believes it’s the attitude towards football that is the telling difference between Sydney and Stamford.
“The main thing I’ve realised is the professionalism.”
“The quality and the attitude is there, and I want that to bring out the best in me. Ever since I heard about FCV in Sydney, I wanted to be a part of it.
“It’s good to be in an environment where we’re worked hard. Grant [Brown – Academy Head Coach] and Ben have really instilled a professional attitude into the squad.”
Spencer was a part of the side that travelled to EFL outfit Doncaster Rovers last week, and despite the defeat, he felt the squad took inspiration from the match.
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Talking at FCV’s squad photo day three days after the game, Spencer reflected on the Rovers' loss.
“It was really tough at Doncaster. They were a very good side but it was a great experience.
“The facilities and the level of football is something we all aspire to achieve.
“To be playing a side like Doncaster Rovers was a great workout, their style they played was very impressive.”
The squad now head into their half-term break without a match, but hard work will be put in on the training ground.
They have gelled quickly in the first term of the season and Spencer, like many of his team-mates, is expecting the improvements to continue.
“There’s no point coming to a place like this to mess around and not try hard.
“We’ve gelled quickly, we’ve got used to playing with each other and the combinations all work.
“We’re a good side, playing a decent level, I’m really enjoying it and we’re only going to improve.”