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Q&A with Newport County Community Defender Luke Degilbert #12

Luke Degilbert returns for another Q&A to update us on his season with the Newport County Community side.

Typically, living with autism can render it more difficult to communicate, form relationships and make sense of surroundings. However, Luke is an ambitious character and refuses to let his autism get in the way of his football dream of representing Wales.

How have you been since we last spoke? You well?

Really good thank you been training in gym and still training in football ready for next tournament and stuff but all good thank you mate.


How is the season going for the Newport County Community?

Really good thank you mate, it's been a great season for myself and rest the team.


Have you enjoyed the World Cup?

I have mate yes.

I want Belgium to win it this time even it's good England are doing good init. However, I like to see Belgium win it I do as I really like some their players like Thomas Meunier, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Fellaini, Courtois, Dries Mertens, Vertonghan, Dembele and Alderweireld.

I hope they win against France and I got feeling England beat Croatia to so it be nice to see two good country's in the final.


Tell us more about your recent tournament?

Well it was a 11 a side tournament and the teams who took part were Newport county community, Reading, Exeter and Swindon.

We won against Swindon A and B but lost to Reading and Exeter. Reading were crowned champions and both Swindon and Reading are nice people as well.


What position did you play?

I played on the wing same position as Hazard, De Bruyne and Adomah for villa and Marsh Brown for Newport.


How was your performance?

I was really happy with my performances on the wing. I'm happy with how well I did for the team. Unfortunately I didn't score but I got an assist which was good.


Is there any charity matches or tournaments planned in the near future?

There are a few games and tournaments coming up but not sure when yet.


What are your goals for next season?

To keep on working hard like I am now, keep on helping the team and doing my best.


How is your charity work going?

Good cheers mate it's finished for a year now but see what happens next year now.


And finally, have any scouts come to see you?

Lol Nope not yet but time will tell all I got to do now is keep working hard and keep up my form.

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