Trueman happy to be given starting chance

Connal Trueman in action for Blues at Huddersfield
Connal Trueman in action for Blues at Hudderfield

The job now is to try and cement that number one shirt and I'm going to give my all to make sure I do that, and we'll see where we go from there.

Connal Trueman.

Connal Trueman was delighted to make first league start for Blues in more than a year against Huddersfield Town at the weekend and says his aim now is to 'try and cement that number one shirt.'

The 23-year-old goalkeeper has largely been a back-up to Lee Camp between the sticks and last featured for the first team back in August 2018 in Blues' Sky Bet Championship away fixture at Middlesbrough.

However, he was given another chance to showcase his skills against The Terriers on Saturday by Blues boss Pep Clotet.

"I was told on Friday night that I was playing," said Trueman.

"But I always treat every week the same and give everything in training and work as hard as I can and be ready when the opportunity arises.

"When you're not in the team it's obviously disappointing because you want to be in it but all you can do is keep your head down and work as hard as you can on the training ground every single day and keep trying to prove yourself .

"I feel like that and I'm grateful for the gaffer giving me the opportunity on Saturday."

Although he has had limited game time with the first team over the past 15 months, he feels he has still continued to improve as a player.

"I feel like I've progressed a lot without playing the number of games I would have liked to," he said.

"I think I've come a long way by being a part of the group and being part of the first team squad for that long. You pick up things and it's a great experience to learn from all the time.

"Unfortunately, waiting is the nature of the position and you know what you're getting into when you become a ‘keeper."

Although Camp's loss was Trueman's gain, the Blues Academy graduate says that the experienced Camp had been 'great' with him throughout his time at Blues and in the build-up to the game.

"He's a great guy, Campy, and he's been top class since he came to the Club and he's helped me a lot," he continued.

"He's been first class with his approach and attitude, especially with me, and I appreciate it a lot.

"Ahead of the game, he said, 'you're good enough and deserve it' and just to relax and enjoy it and go out and do what I needed to do.

"I think it says a lot about him as a character and a person. He's been there and done it, so any words of advice he gives I'll listen to."

Trueman, who put in an accomplished display against Huddersfield in the 1-1 draw, says he now wants to build on that performance moving forwards.

"The job now is to try and cement that number one shirt and I'm going to give my all to make sure I do that, and we'll see where we go from there. It comes down to hard work," he said.

"It's a start but it's only one game and we go again on Wednesday.

"You can never look too far ahead; it's always one game at a time."