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Q&A with Newport Dragons DFC Striker Luke Degilbert

Luke Degilbert is busy gearing up for the new season playing for the Newport Dragons Disabilities Football Club. Huge thank you to the 21-year-old for taking the time to do a quick Q&A for V2football.com about how football has helped him with his autism and his dreams for the future.

What position do you play?

I play as a striker but I can also play in defence or at full back

How did you get involve with Newport Dragons DFC?

Well I signed at the beginning of May then went straight into a tournament with them. I scored the first goal of my return against Cardiff City, helped and done my best for the team. I’ve enjoyed all the training sessions since I went back also.

How long have you been at the club?

Well I have been at the club since beginning of May. The team all welcomed me back and it was nice to be back at the club. I want to do well for the team in training and I’m looking forward new season in September and helping my team. 

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Are you looking forward to starting training in September?

Yeah I am mate. I’m looking forward to helping my team, doing well in tournaments and trying to score goals for the team. 

What are your personal goals for season ahead?

My personal goals are to force myself into Welsh disability side and score as many goals as I can for both Newport disability football and when I get called into wales disability football side. Also do my best for team and coaches and do well in Newport County charity game in September as captain and playing upfront.

 In which ways has the club helped you with your autism?

They have been great to me with my autism. In training because my team mates have disabilities to, we don’t take training too seriously. I think it is good training still and they have helped me and the other players in my team a lot this season.

 You recently received an award can you tell us about it?

Well it was an award which was outstanding achievement and I got it for the hard work I have put in since returning to the club, the way I been helping in training and it was nice to be rewarded since I got back.

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What are your hopes for your career in the next 5-10 years?

Well I’m hoping to go into coaching after my playing career maybe with Newport County or Newport Dragons Disability. I would even like to coach Wales if I could but for now I’m focusing on my football.

I hear you support Newport County how do you think the exiles will fair under Warren Feeney?

He has brought some good plaayers in like Jon Parkin, Jennison Myrie-Williams, Paul Bignot, Marlon Jackson, Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, Jamie Turley, Scott Bennett, Jack Compton and former Arsenal midfielder Mark Randall. I think Newport will do well with the new signings and maybe finish in the top half I think.

Which new signing are you excited about seeing next season?

Well to be honest mate I think Mark Randall looks like a quality signing and Jon Parkin will be good I think also. I think they all look good signings and I think Newport do well this season.

Do you want to plug any social media you have?

Well I think it is good mate and I like fact this interview is going on your website as well and am looking forward to reading it.

Hope you enjoy our chat with Luke, You can follow him on Twitter -https://twitter.com/degilbert_luke

Find more information on Newport Dragons DFC by visiting their facebook page - https://en-gb.facebook.com/nddfc/

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