Date: Thu 14 Mar 2019

Liam Thomas ‘over the moon’ with C squad call-up

We caught up with the JD Welsh Premier League’s leading scorer this season, Liam Thomas, to reflect on the season so far and his call-up to the Wales C squad.

With 18 goals this season in the league – just under half of Carmarthen’s total of 37 – Thomas is on fire this term, but even so he admits that he was surprised to get the call-up from Mark Jones to be a part of the Wales C squad for next week’s fixture against England C.

“I was surprised to get a call-up to the C International squad, to be honest, especially being in the bottom half of the table and in the bottom three at the moment, I wasn’t expecting to be called up, but to get the phone call from Mark Jones was a real honour, I was over the moon when I got the call.

“There’s a lot of good forwards in the team, I want to start every game I’m involved in of course and score goals, but I’m looking forward to joining up with the squad and training with everyone then hopefully I can get into that starting XI.

“To represent your country at any level of any sport is a huge achievement and since the C squad reformed last year I think it has raised peoples’ games massively, and this isn’t a bad team for anyone to be involved in their first Wales game against, either! Wales vs England is the one everyone wants to be involved in, and I’m really looking forward to the next few days and joining up with the squad.”

”I’ve been surprised with how many goals I’ve got this year.”

Reaching another level in sport is often about making lots of little changes to preparations in order to see a big difference in performance, and that has perhaps been the case for Thomas this year as he admits he has made some changes to his training regime and his diet in order to make sure he’s performing at his best level every week.

“On a personal level I think it has been a very good season, I’ve scored a lot of goals and generally put in good performances, although I think as a team we could have done a bit better, but to get the call-up to the C squad is a huge honour and a massive achievement.

“Coming into this season I’ve changed the way I’ve eaten, I’ve changed the way I train and how much I train – I train a lot more this season than I did previously, for example – and it looks like it has had a positive effect.

“I’ve been a bit surprised with how many goals I’ve got this year, definitely, and at the moment I’m on the same tally as Dan Thomas’ record for league goals in a season for Carmarthen at 18 – one more and I break that record and make a bit of history with this club.”

”Carmarthen have improved massively from last season.”

Eight points clear of the relegation zone at this stage with five games to go, the Old Gold are in a promising position in terms of securing their JDWPL status for the 2019/20 season, bar an incredible turnaround in the final few weeks of the season.

Carmarthen found themselves in the drop zone at the end of last season, only to be saved by licensing troubles relegating other clubs, and Thomas feels the side have improved massively this year, outlining the positive effect of the management staff, and what his goals are for the remaining handful of games.

“We’ve improved massively from last season, I think. The players we’ve brought in have done really well, I think we’ve shown how well we can play together as a team when everyone is fit and available and hopefully if we can keep this group together and get a bit more luck then we can go on and do even better next season.

“I think the management team have been excellent, to be fair to them, since they’ve come in and taken over. We’ve played with a lot more freedom, they prepared us as best they can and allowed us to go out there and just play and express ourselves, they’ve been brilliant to be fair.

“In the last few games of the season I just want to carry on as I have been so far this year and hopefully manage to finish top of the goalscoring charts, or at least in the top two, and keep scoring goals to help the team get results.”

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