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Q&A with Newport County Community Striker Luke Degilbert #9

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?

Hi mate, I'm really good thanks. I'm still proud with how myself and Newport County Community did on Saturday as well.

How is the season going for the Newport County Community?

It's going really good mate. Everyone is really well as a team and we are playing with a smile on our face which is what it's about.

You played a game at Swindon Town’s County Ground at Weekend? Tell us about your experience?

Unfortunately, we didn't play on Swindon town's pitch because the walking football were on there instead I enjoyed my experience playing at the college next to the Stadium and my friends came to watch me.

It was nice to get myself a goal and for it to be filmed. Overall I’m happy with myself and the performance of the team as everyone did themselves proud.

You can read Luke's report of the game on his blog - Click Here

What position did you play?

First game I played centre back and won last ditch tackles.

Second game I played centre forward. I made good runs and scored at the right time which meant I could come back in defence and helped the team.

How was your performance?

My team mates said I did really well and I impressed them with my passing and the way I took my goal.

I was proud with my performance as I made an important tackle at end game as well as making good passes but overall everyone was outstanding and it was an amazing team performance.

Talk us through your goal?

Well Tom Tremanye made a pass to me in the second game I played and I shot it with first touch into top corner it was a great moment to get my second goal in a competitive game.

Amazing moment for my friends and family who came to watch. I can't fault how well myself and the team played and we all did Newport County proud.

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

There is a game on 21st January vs Newtown but I'm going to watch Aston villa vs Barnsley day before which be good day. Also me and County Community are playing Swindon in return game when Newport play Swindon home and it possible be at half time on Rodney parade pitch.

Last time we spoke, you had done amazing work volunteering and raising money for the Alzheimer Society – How is your charity work going?

Well it's going really good thanks there hasn't been any events on at this moment but hopefully soon something come up but it's going really good thanks mate.

And finally, have any scouts come to see you?

Nope not yet but when I go up to watch Villa against Barnsley I'm gonna show Bruce my goal lol.

I'm going with a mate to that game to and we’re both gonna see the Villa players before game so on the day.

I'm gonna ask them if they write good luck on my shirt for my game next day.

I have top support from my Aston Villa friends who are players like Jordan Cox, Alex Prosser and Anton Hooper and  I have had congratulation tweets from players such as Pape Souare, Josh Tymon, Darius Vassell, Mike Flynn and Nathan Mavila.

I also have had a message from Alfie Mawson, Brandon Mason and Christian Atsu.

You follow Luke - https://twitter.com/lukedeegilbert2

You can like Luke's Facebook here - https://www.facebook.com/Luke-Degilbert-Newport-County-community-1864294110516307/

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