|Griffin; “We can beat them”|
James Griffin may be the quietest Wildcat when it comes to an interview, but we all know when he gets on the ice, this Swindon Schoolboy is no push over. Not only have the fans taken to this unassuming 16 year old, voting him the Supporters Player of the Year, but his team mates rate him highly too voting him their Players, Player of the Year. We caught up with James today.
Wildcats online: How has been for you stepping up into the Premier League playing for the Wildcats after playing for the Academy?
JAMES GRIFFIN: Seems ok, faster and harder i guess, a bit harder but its still hockey so I enjoy it
WO: The Wildcats went through a lean spell mid season, how did you find this? Did you feel any pressure?
JG: I felt a lot of pressure from the fans, from the coach and myself for losing games, but I don’t tend to be too hard on myself
WO: You won the main awards at this years End of Season presentations, Winning the Players, Player of the Year, the Supporters Player of the year as well as most improved player? You must be over the moon with this in your first season?
JG: Ah yeah it was great, the Players Player was a big honour, it was great to chosen by the rest of the tea as well as bring voted for by the fans.
WO: Did you expect to play such a pivotal part of the Wildcats team this year?
JG: Not really, I thought I would be on the bench for most of the season. I have surprised myself I guess.
WO: You have certainly become a popular player with the crowd does their backing help when your on the Ice?
JG: Yeah it does and helps drive us on to getting the wins
WO: How are your nerves leading up to your first ever Premier League play off’s at the Weekend, especially knowing the Cats face the League Champions Milton Keynes?
JG: Um not that nervous to be honest. I don’t really get nervous; I just take it in my stride. We can beat them, especially if we play well on the night
WO: The team have really turned their season around and there seems to be a great atmosphere in the locker room. Has this contributed to the turnaround?
JG: Yeah, but I think the atmosphere has been the same throughout the year. We have settled down and played the system more, and put in more hard work.
WO: Finally any messages to the Wildcats fans?
JG: Be loud and noisy and keep cheering us on
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