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Coleman Keen To Continue Progression

11 September 2015

Oldham Athletic’s number one Joel Coleman is keen to continue his progression in the game.

The 19-year-old stopper was thrust into action last season in March, replacing Jake Kean against MK Dons.

Since then, the young goalkeeper has made the number one jersey his own, finishing last season strongly before starting the opening six games of this season’s league campaign. 

Speaking of his progression, Coleman said: "There is a lot more I can give and I feel week in week out I’m getting a lot more experience, giving me more confidence.

"We’ve not really conceded many. We have had a few silly errors in the team but if we cut them out, we won’t concede.”

One person who has been with him most of the way is current goalkeeper and fitness coach Anthony White.

White, who is the youngest football coach in the Football League, has pushed Coleman and seen him progress from youth team goalkeeper to number one choice.

“He is a very good trainer and works us hard every day,” commented Coleman. "I have very high respect for him and he has helped me a lot technically. 

"He has changed different things and it has started to click in place. I just need to be consistent in every game.”

Coleman knows he has to be at his best if he is to keep his place with fellow goalkeeper David Cornell breathing down his neck.

“I’ve got very good competition with me day in day out training with me and he is pushing me every step of the way,” he said. 

"He supports me and we try to make each other better goalkeepers each day. I know if I have a sloppy game he might come into my place so it keeps me on my toes.

I’d be the same if Dave was starting week in week out, I would be pushing him so it’s good to have competition in the team.”

Watch the full interview on Latics PlayerHD. 

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