Josh Neufville has described his time as a Yeovil Town player as “pivotal” in his footballing development.

The Luton Town loanee returned for his second spell at the club in March having played more than 30 games last season before suffering a horrific broken leg in the penultimate match of the campaign.

Josh Neufville. Picture courtesy of Mike Kunz.

The 21-year-old made his 11th appearance since returning in the 2-2 draw with Boreham Wood in the final home league match of the season.

Speaking to BBC Somerset’s Sheridan Robins after the game, he said: “It’s been a pivotal part of my professional career coming here, getting my first professional goals, assists, it’s been great.

“(Former manager) Darren Sarll helped me a lot and (interim boss) Charlie (Lee) and Jody (Brown, assistant manager) have come in and they have worked to help me on and off the pitch, even coming off the pitch helped me a lot.

“Any time I put a Yeovil shirt on it is a good experience, especially playing at home in front of the Thatcher’s End, I just can’t get enough of it.

He echoed the sentiments of his manager Charlie Lee insisting that even at 2-0 down against a Boreham Wood side who were still in with a shout of a play-off place ahead of the game, the team believed they could get something.

Neufville said: “Even in the first 15 minutes we showed we had the ability to get in behind them and me, Knowlesy and a few of the other lads had some chances and gave the home fans something to get behind.

“The boys had the belief throughout the whole game and we said that in the changing rooms at half-time, once we got the basics right as we did in the first 15 minutes, we knew we would be fine.

“Since I came back we have shown what a good team we are, all around the pitch we are good.

The final league game of the campaign next weekend will see him return to Altrincham where he suffered a broken leg after just 12 minutes of a 4-3 defeat last May.

But the youngster is unfazed about the idea of returning to the scene of the incident which kept him out for nine months.

He said: “It’s part and parcel of the game, going back there for the last game of the season and the lads will give it their all, as we did today.

“We are playing for pride and we showed that today, at 2-0 down we had to make sure we didn’t leave anything out there today.

“All the boys are knackered, legs hurt, feet hurt, Wilko was quick to take his boots off and that just shows how hard we have all worked.

“Even when the season is done, we still have to fight for something whether it is pride or contracts or whatever.”


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