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Davies aims for next step

Posted on 9 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Simon Davies is edging closer to Premiership action again.

The young midfielder got a taste of the big time last season when, after joining us in January, he made his debut alongside Matthew Etherington as a substitute at Liverpool. Davies also impressed against Derby County at home before his full debut at Old Trafford. Naturally, he wanted more.

A broken arm in pre-season didn't help his cause but Davies impressed again in a couple of pre-season friendlies, notably at QPR, and received his call-up to the first-team squad for the last Premiership game against Everton.

Darren Anderton's injury in that match means Stephen Clemence is likely to step off the bench for Monday's visit of West Ham - Davies is aiming to sit in that vacated space.

He said: "All I can do is keep going. I was in the squad again against Everton and now I have to try to get on the bench. I'm just waiting for a chance, not forcing it, but just waiting for things to happen. Obviously I'd love to get another chance."

Davies' confidence was boosted further on his trip to Belarus with Wales last weekend.

The 20-year-old played well enough in the Under-21's 4-1 defeat for boss Mark Hughes to call him up to the full squad for the World Cup qualifier the following day. Davies was on the bench as Wales lost 2-1.

It was certainly an experience he will never forget. "It was a bit of an eye opener," he said. "We had to take our own food and own chefs to make sure we had the right things and I had three or four jabs before I travelled.

"I enjoyed the experience though. I played for the Under-21s on the Friday and although we lost 4-1, I was quite pleased with my own performance and Wales were quite pleased me as well and moved me up to the bench for the full squad the following day. I felt happy with how I played and so did the full squad so apart from the results, it went well."