Carter-Vickers: 'I'm looking to kick on after great loan experience'
Thu 17 May 2018, 11:23|Tottenham Hotspur
Cameron Carter-Vickers is looking to the future with optimism after what he sees as a hugely beneficial season out on loan.
A product of our Academy system, the 20-year-old centre-back played regularly in the Championship throughout 2017-18, first with Sheffield United between August and the turn of the year and then with Ipswich Town from January until the end of the campaign.
After a combined total of 35 competitive appearances for both clubs, Cameron, who made his first team debut for us all the way back in September, 2016, and is still only 20 years old, has now put pen to paper on a new deal here at Spurs – and is ready to put in the hard graft to keep building on what he’s learned so far.
“I’m delighted to sign a new contract,” said Cameron, who earned his second full international cap for the USA – and first start – in a 1-0 win over Paraguay in March.
“I’ve worked hard out on loan this season, trying to get as many minutes and games as I could. I feel like I’ve improved as a player and it’s definitely benefitted me, to be out at Sheffield United and Ipswich. I enjoyed my time at both clubs, the players there and coaching staff there have all been really helpful towards me and helped my development.
“In the Championship you play a lot of midweek games so getting used to playing every three or four days has been an eye-opener, both mentally and physically. It’s definitely a physical league, also very tough. Any team can beat any other team so you’ve really got to be on it every game you play, to try to get the points.
“Now I’m looking to kick on. The next step for me is to come back for pre-season, get my head down, work hard and try to impress the manager and as many people as I can.”
Although he’s had plenty to focus on in the second tier this year, Cameron says he’s still kept a close eye on our progress over the last season, both on and off the field.
“I’ve stayed in contact with people like Kyle Walker-Peters and I’ve tried to watch Tottenham’s games when I could, so I’ve stayed in touch with how the club is doing,” he said. “I think the team at Tottenham is always improving and it’s what the gaffer strives for – he wants you to improve every day.
“The new stadium looks amazing as well, so the future is bright all throughout the club. It would be great if I could get some minutes in the new stadium, but for now I have to focus on working hard and continuing to give my all.”