An interview with Bradden Inman is my latest instalment to the youth player interviews that I’ve been trying to gather over the past few months.
I’ve previously interviewed Ben Sayer , Stevie Folan, Adam Campbell, Mehdi Abeid and Freddie Woodman, Brad makes it six. That shows how good our youth players are, they happily take time out for fans and they’re generally good lads.
I noticed that Brad was very friendly with Newcastle fans and happily replied to them on Twitter and Facebook so I got in touch with him over Facebook and he was happy to take part, within the space of an hour he’d completed the questions which was very good of him.
Inman made his reserve team debut against Sheffield United in September 2008 after impressing with the U18’s. He scored his 1st goal for the reserves in a win over Middlesbrough on the 22nd of November 2008.
The other day Brad showed what he could do by scoring the 2nd goal in a 3-1 win against Wigan, even at his young age he seems to have an eye for goal with that being his 3rd goal this season. A couple of years ago Brad managed to reach 15 goals for the reserves, which is very good going for a midfielder.
Brad is a Scotland under 21 international despite being born in Australia, he qualifies for to play for Scotland because of his mother. He’s been likened to Brazilian midfielder Kaka by some of his team mates, because of his skills and looks, hopefully he turns out to be as good as him.
Here is what he had to say:
What Team do you support?
Who’s your best mate at NUFC?
I’ve got a lot, but I’d say Stevie Folan or Nile Ranger
Who is the funniest player at NUFC?
Nile Ranger or Conor Newton
Who’s always last off the training pitch?
Can I include myself? But me, Ryan Donaldson and Greg McDermott
Who’s your favourite player in the first team to watch?
Yohan Cabaye. He’s a very good footballer and he plays in the same position to me, so I look up to him.
Most memorable game you’ve played in?
It has to be in pre-season against Carlisle for the first team.
Most memorable game you’ve watched?
No doubt about it, Newcastle 5-1 Sunderland.
What kind of player do you model yourself on?
Well, I watch Barcelona a lot so I try to model myself on their midfielders, the likes of Xavi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, as well as Real Madrid’s Kaka.
What’s been your favourite goal in your career so far?
A goal I scored against Sunderland a couple of years ago now.
What do you want to achieve in your career?
I want to play for NUFC and push on to be a full international as quickly as I can.
Who is your favourite ever NUFC player?
Alan Shearer. The man was a goal scoring machine and he played every game for Newcastle with passion!!
What are your aims for this season and next season?
I need to keep working hard and push forward and try and get into the first team.
Were you nervous moving over from Australia at the age of 14?
Yeah, I was very nervous moving over but thankfully my family moved over with me, which helped me a lot!
What player in current world football would you say you were similar too?
Probably, Cesc Fabregas, not being big headed or anything…
How did it feel to win the Wor Jackie award in 2010?
It was a real honour to win such a good award.
Something which stood out to me from that was his admiration for ball playing midfielders, he mentions Kaka, Cabaye, Fabregas, Xavi and Iniesta and my god, if he is going to be even half as good as any of them we have a real player on our hands.
He seems a very motivated lad and for someone who’s made the bench a couple of times at his age he should be very proud. His aim to get into the first team would be something that I’d like to see, I’ve followed Brad’s progress closely since he came over from Australia as I’d heard very good things about him and he’s starting to really show his potential.
Numerous Australian fan sites are gutted that he’s chosen to play for the Scotland under 21’s because they believe they lost the next Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill – they rate him that highly.
Brad made a brave decision at the age of 14 to move half way across the world to pursue his dream of playing football, and it seems to be paying off. He obviously has a very supportive family and he’s starting to break through the ranks, so it looks like this move has paid off.
I’d like to say thanks to Brad for taking part in this interview, he’s a really top lad and was very happy to take part. To thank Brad yourself you can follow his Twitter here, @brad_inman8, and leave him a message.
Good luck in the future Brad!